ASSEMBLY Festival has announced a new Award for developing Scottish performance companies at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Based in Assembly Roxy, the Award will provide up to £5,500 worth of support, including Fringe and Joint Venue Brochure registration fees, rehearsal space, and development and promotional support.

To be eligible for the award, the company applying must be Scottish based, currently unfunded and the work must be debuting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017.

Applications are now open and will close January 9, 2017.

William Burdett-Coutts, Artistic Director of Assembly said, “We’re looking for fresh and exciting new creative voices in Scotland. This new award will support new Scottish theatre in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by providing companies with an opportunity to present work they would not be in a position to do otherwise."

SCHOOLCHILDREN across Scotland are being encouraged to design a poster for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

New for 2017, three winning designs will be selected for the cover of the 70th anniversary programme.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "The Fringe has the extraordinary ability to applaud diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part.

"Curiosity, open-mindedness, imagination and problem solving are skills at the heart of the creative industries and it’s important that we support the development of these skills in our Scottish classrooms.”

Entries for the Fringe Schools Poster Competition 2017 are accepted from all types of media including but not limited to animation, photograph, poetry and fine arts.

Submissions can be made in three new age categories with one winner selected from each producing three versions of the programme cover for 2017.

The Fringe have already started to receive entries and a new online submission form is now available.

THE BOARD of Trustees of Aberdeen’s Citymoves Dance Agency has announced the appointment of Steve Slater as its new Director.

Citymoves now has a new status as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

Annette Murray, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: "We are delighted that Steve has elected to join us at this pivotal moment in Citymoves’ history.

"He brings a wealth of experience in arts management and has a proven track record in strategic development in Scotland’s cultural life, including 14 years at Glasgow’s Tramway.

"We are very fortunate to have attracted him to the north east – Glasgow’s loss is very much Aberdeen’s gain."

Slater spent 14 years as senior producer for live art at Tramway, Glasgow.

Citymoves was previously part of and supervised by the Aberdeen City Council’s (ACC) Education and Children’s Services department. It became an independent organisation in October 2016.