Frequently Asked Questions

This page is intended to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the society. If you are looking for information about working for the society, visit our frequently asked questions about recruitment.

If you can't find an answer to your question in this list, please contact us through our online feedback form or by email at

What is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on Earth, an inspiring celebration of the best performance and entertainment coming out of every continent of our planet. In 2013 we enjoyed a record-breaking 2,871 different shows staging 45,464 performances in 273 venues by 24,107 performers.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of seven festivals taking place in Scotland’s capital each August. For more information about other festivals in Edinburgh, please visit the Festivals Edinburgh website.

What are the dates for the 2014 festival?

The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place between 1 and 25 August.

How can I take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

The Fringe is an open-access festival. That means that our programme includes anyone with a show to present and a venue willing to host them. The Festival Fringe Society does not produce any shows, invite anyone to perform, run any venues or pay any fees to artists, and no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. Participation relies solely on the initiative of the thousands of performers who chose to put on a show at our festival every year.

For detailed information on how you can bring a show to the Fringe, visit our Participants' Downloads page.

When is the Fringe Programme available and how can I order a copy?

The official launch of the complete programme for 2014 will be on 05 June. You can pre-order a printed programme here

How do I get tickets?

You can already purchase tickets for some of the 2014 shows through our website - click here for details. The full 2014 programme will launch 05 June 2014, after which point you can buy tickets online, by phone through our ticket booking line on +44 (0)131 226 0000 or in person over the counter on 180 High Street, Edinburgh. For full details about our Box Office opening hours, collection points and more, please visit our Box Office Information page.

Where can I buy Fringe merchandise?

You can buy Fringe merchandise through our online shop or in person at the official Fringe shop on 180 High Street, Edinbugh.

You can create a new user account in our online shop to save your address details for future purchases. Note that this account is separate from the one you use on to purchase tickets. Alternatively, you can purchase merchandise using a guest account.

If you wish to enquire about an existing order, please email

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