Since 2015, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has been working with Attitude is Everything to look at making sure we are as accessible as possible so that anyone really can take part in the Fringe.

In 2016, the Fringe Society committed to becoming an Attitude Champion. An Attitude Champion is an organisation that champions accessible practices, internally and to all partners, ensuring that events are as accessible and as inclusive as possible and that Deaf and disabled audiences know what to expect. As an Attitude champion, the Fringe Society will strive to go beyond the legal obligations of the Equality Act and implement best practice, providing a fair, and equal service to Deaf and disabled customers and participants. 

Working in partnership with Attitude is Everything, the Society has produced an Attitude Charter of eight ambitions:

  • All Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society organised events will be accessible to everyone.
  • We will support and encourage Fringe participants and venues to increase performances and events that are relaxed, BSL interpreted, captioned and audio described.
  • We will expand the access information which available on edfringe.com and support venues to expand their access information.  
  • We will provide box office services which are accessible to all, including the ability to book access tickets online.
  • We will consult and communicate regularly with Deaf and disabled people.
  • We will increase attendance of Deaf and disabled people the Fringe and Fringe Society events.
  • We will create an environment that encourages Deaf and disabled people to work and/or perform at the Fringe.
  • The Fringe will be internationally recognised as a physically accessible festival. 

Venue Access Award

To promote best practice across Fringe venues, the Fringe Society, in partnership with Attitude is Everything, has produced a bespoke Venue Access Award. The award recognises the unique challenges of managing a Fringe venue and ensuring it is as accessible as possible. It guides venue managers and event organisers through 16 different topics which lead to the achievement of awards (levels one to three, with level one designed to be achievable by all venues). Undertaking the toolkit will help venues to ensure that they are doing as much as they can to be accessible to all audiences and performers but fully acknowledges the challenges of temporary venues in unadaptable spaces. Achievement of the award will result in a certificate for venues to display, helping audiences and performers to identify what level of accessibility each venue has achieved. The key priority is to ensure that robust and accurate information is available to customers to allow them to make informed choices about their time at the Fringe.

For more information about our work as an Attitude Champion or the Venue Access Award please contact equalities@edfringe.com