The founding principle at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – to be an open-access arts event that welcomes anyone with a story to tell and a venue to host them – still guides the work of the Society today.
It’s our policy that no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform on the Fringe.
The Society was formed in 1958, in recognition of the fact that more and more performers were coming to Edinburgh despite not being included in the Edinburgh International Festival programme. Its earliest tasks included providing information to artists, publishing the Fringe Programme and creating a central box office. In 1969 the Society was incorporated as a limited company and its constitution published.
Unlike many other festivals, our constitution celebrates the fact that the Society does not vet the Fringe Programme. That means we have no artistic director and that the programme is shaped by the initiative and vision of performers willing to showcase their work here.
The Fringe Society exists to
- Support, advise and encourage everyone who wants to participate in the Fringe.
- Provide information and assistance to help audiences curate their own Fringe experience.
- Promote the Fringe and what it stands for all over the world.
- Ensure the Fringe Society is sustainable, utilising its resource to the greatest benefit of the Fringe and its constituents.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is a membership organisation and is open to all. As a member you can play a part in the shaping of the largest arts festival in the world.
Members are responsible for electing the Board of Directors, adopting the accounts and appointing the auditors each year. Membership costs £10 a year to cover administration costs.
Board of Directors
The Society has a Board of Directors which oversees our core Fringe Society staff in their year-round work and makes sure everything is in place to support those who produce and present the world’s biggest explosion of culture every August.