Edinburgh's famous fringe festival to introduce contactless-tips for street entertainers
LONDON, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Edinburgh's famous fringe festival will be one of the world's first events to allow street performers to be tipped using contactless payments, the organizers of the event announced Monday.
Visitors enjoying watching the entertainers along the iconic Royal Mile in Scotland's capital will be able to tap-to-tip the street performers using contactless or wearable technology.
The introduction of the technology follows feedback from street performers who said they have seen a decrease in the number of people carrying cash.
Using iZettle's newly released Repeat Payments feature, performers can set a fixed tip amount (for example two pounds) and accept continuous contributions from spectators, whilst still performing.
Andy Meldrum, Street Events Manager at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "Our street events are open to anyone and attract performers from all over the world. Artists rely on the generosity of the general public who stop to take in their shows when passing through our street event arenas.
Edward Hallett of iZettle UK, said: "Using our Repeat Payments feature at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe removes the manual payment process for artists, making tipping easier for the audience and performers alike."
The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, described as the world's biggest arts event, starts on Aug. 3 and continues until Aug. 27.