Performing at the Street Events as a school or class

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place every August for just over three weeks. It’s the world’s largest open access art festival where you and your classes can find theatre, comedy, circus, music, dance and much more in venues and streets all over Edinburgh. Additionally, street performers from around the world perform on the Royal Mile and at the Mound for thousands of people every day.

In 2018, at one of our teacher consultations, there was a call for space to be made within the Street Events programme specifically for school-aged children and young people to perform. 

This led to the successful pilot of our Schools on the Street project in 2019. Over 100 young people, from schools across Edinburgh and beyond, performed on the Royal Mile on one of three days we’d set aside for the project. 


We’re delighted to announce that we’re expanding the project as part of the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Street Events programme. Schools from anywhere in Scotland can book up to two half-hour slots at any time between 11:00 and 15:00 on Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 August.

You can book your spaces by emailing [email protected] with the day and time you’d like. 

Your learners will be performing on the Mercat Stage (next to the Mercat Cross on the Royal Mile):

Stage details

  • Dimensions: 6m wide (side to side) x 4.5m deep (front to back).
  • Partially covered by roof structure.
  • Accessed by steps on either side of the stage, with ramp available if needed.
  • You can also use the space on the ground in front of the stage if needed.

Performances can be anything at all you want but please bear in mind there’s only one microphone and, in consideration of local businesses, residents and other street performers, other amplification equipment is not permitted; the same goes for electric / brass instruments and drums. 

Our Learning Team will be delighted to work with you to answer any questions you have and help you put on the best performance possible – just email [email protected].