The Eclipse Award aims to help UK Black artists and other artists who are also marginalised for their race, and who make boundary-pushing performance work, to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run.

The award is an initiative by Eclipse Theatre and Summerhall, and aims to support underrepresented artists presenting work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The first artist to receive The Eclipse Award was Rachael Young in 2019, followed by Initiative.dkf in 2020/21.

The award is for a company or artist to take on a supported run at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Who can apply

  • Artists based in the UK, outside Scotland
  • Artists from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds
  • Artists who are also marginalised for their race

Student and non-professional companies are not eligible to apply.

Arts Council England NPOs are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed for The Eclipse Award.

Please check back for more information.


The Eclipse Award 2020/21: Winner


We’re excited to announce that Initiative.dkf are the Eclipse Award winners for 2020/21!

After the cancellation of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020, we are pleased to welcome Initiative.dkf to Summerhall as part of our Festival 2021 programme. Their online performance Ludala Collection will be available on demand from 6 – 29 August 2021.


  • Initiative.dkf


    Initiative.dkf are a multidisciplinary arts platform led by DK Fashola and Wofai.

    Postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic, their show Ludala Collection is part of our Fringe 2021 programme.

  • Rachael Young


    Rachel's shows OUT and NIGHTCLUBBING were part of our Fringe programme in 2019.

    "I’m very lucky and I feel really grateful. I think it’s great that Summerhall and Eclipse are doing something to combat a Fringe that isn’t very diverse."