MORE than twenty artists and companies are to perform at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe with £550,000 from the Government's Expo Fund.

The shows of music, theatre and dance will be performed at this year's Fringe as part of the Made in Scotland brand.

The project began in 2009, and has since then funded more than 150 companies and 200 shows.

This year, there will be a Made in Scotland festival in Brussels, Belgium, which will see six shows performed there in June.

A TalkFest 2019 event will see discussions and workshops with leading playwrights and theatre talents including Mara Menzies, Oliver Emanuel, David Greig, Douglas Maxwell, Jenny Lindsay, Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati.

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The shows include Joel Brown and Eve Mutso's 111, Mara Menzies' Blood and Gold, the world premiere of Crocodile Fever by Meghan Tyler, produced by the Traverse and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Drroonnee: Drone which is the "true story of a military drone’s life and fears."

The showcase also includes Robbie Synge and Lucy Boyes: Ensemble, Ultimate Dancer: For Now We See Through A Mirror, Darkly, ThickSkin's How Not to Drown, about a child asylum seeker arriving in the UK, Islander: A New Musical by Helen Milne Productions, Moot Moot and The Afflicted at Summerhall and KID X at the Assembly Roxy.

A circus show for babies, aged 0-18 months, is also part of the showcase, called Little Top, while Valentina's Galaxy is for two to six year olds.

Kathryn Joseph's From When I Wake, produced by Cryptic, at Summerhall, is also part of the strand, as is Lie Still My Sleepy Fortunes, a series of performances in music inspired by the writing of Muriel Spark, led by Raymond MacDonald, at the Pianodrome venue.

Sophie Rocks: Notes from Shetland to Shanghai, Pianodrome Live, Scottish Jazz and Beyond at the Queen's Hall, and the The Soundhouse Organisation are also included, as is The Night With, which is three different programmes featuring music by Scottish composers, and settings of Scottish poetry performed by Scottish musicians.

Composers featured include Alistair MacDonald, Stuart Murray-Mitchell, Rebecca Rowe, Diana Salazar, Oliver Searle and Matthew Whiteside.

Settings of poetry inlcude words by Nan Shepherd, Helene Grøn, Jane McKie and Stewart Sanderson.

Fiona Hyslop, culture secretary said: "The breadth and depth of home grown talent participating in the programme represents a roll call of gifted Scottish-based, performers."

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe said: “The 2019 Made in Scotland Showcase once again highlights the brilliant and compelling work that artists and companies are creating here in Scotland today."