Are you a Fringe performer? Host your next event at Deaf Action’s historic home in Edinburgh’s New Town 

Our venue

 As well as hosting our own festival events, our venue is available to book all through the festival season. Our listed building in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town has a number of performance spaces, including a converted church, and a bar/café area for those who want to enjoy a performance with a drink or a snack.

The oldest deaf organisation in the world, Deaf Action has been an integral part of Edinburgh’s deaf community since its establishment in 1835. Our premises in Albany Street have served as a cornerstone for community engagement, education, and empowerment for generations. Now, we’re excited to open our doors to the Fringe Festival community, inviting you to be a part of our rich history.

  • Deaf and hearing audiences welcome
  • Wheelchair access throughout
  • Lifts to performance areas
  • Hearing loop in performance areas
  • AV equipment available in the Blackwood Bar area
  • Live-streaming available
Blackwood Bar
  • The Blackwood Bar will be open throughout the festival serving light refreshments and a range of alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages

Performance areas

 Deaf Action is registered as an official Fringe Venue and offers four registered spaces where performances and events can take place. From exhibitions and workshops, to spoken word, theatre and comedy, our premises offer the perfect setting to showcase your talents and connect with audiences from near and far.

 Blackwood Bar

A permormance at the Blackwood Bar during Edinburgh Deaf Festival

  • Capacity: up to 90
  • Approx size: 7m x 14m
  • Stage
  • Lift access
 The Church

Two people looking at artworks on the wall of The Church at Edinburgh Deaf Festival

  • Capacity: 35 seated / 45 standing
  • Approx size: 5m x 7m
  • No stage
  • Ramp access
 Princess Joanna Suite

Deaf heritage exhibition at Edinburgh Deaf Festival

  • Capacity: 20 seated
  • Approx size: 4m x 4m
  • No stage
  • Flat access
Geikie Suite

People at Edinburgh Deaf Festival watching a short film

  • Capacity: 24 seated
  • Approx size: 7m x 4m
  • No stage
  • Lift access
Brennan Library

Man standing in brennan library using sign language

  • Capacity: 30 seated
  • Approx size: 7m x 5m
  • No stage
  • Lift access

A venue with a conscience

When you book our venue, you’re not only gaining access to a unique space – you’ll also be playing your part in promoting a more accessible and equal society. Proceeds from venue hire directly fund Deaf Action’s vital projects and services for deaf people and our communities. 

Book our venue

To book our venue, please fill in the form below.