Fringe Central is the participants hub we run for all Fringe artists during August – a place where they can escape the bustle of the Fringe and catch up on emails, update their flyers or just relax for a bit. 

It’s also where we present the Fringe Central Events Programme: a series of professional development workshops, seminars, discussions and creative labs throughout the month of August, to help participants develop their skills, expand their perceptions, build networks, advance their careers and look after their overall health and wellbeing during the Fringe. And you can be part of it.

Call for entries

We’re currently looking for expressions of interest for the 2020 Fringe Central Events Programme. You can check out some of our recurring programme sections below; for 2020, we’re particularly interested in strengthening and developing our health and wellbeing, breaking down barriers and environmental sustainability strands. We also welcome events focusing on specific genres such as dance, comedy, music and spoken word

For the third year running, we’ve recruited a Youth Panel to help guide the Fringe Central Events Programme from curation to delivery; their suggestions and interests will influence which events we choose and the content of each strand.

Please note: Events in the Fringe Central Events Programme are presented in partnership with the Fringe Society. We provide in-kind support, supplying event space and programme marketing (via social media and the printed Fringe Central Events Programme) to the thousands of artists, companies, arts professionals and media attending the festival every August. We can only offer financial support to freelance / independent practitioners identified as key partners for their strategic benefit to the programme. If you wouldn’t be able to participate in the programme without this support, please email [email protected].

In line with our commitment to supporting participants openly and impartially, all events at Fringe Central must:  
•    be free to attend
•    be open to anyone taking part in the Fringe
•    not be used as a promotional tool for any Fringe show.

Sound good? Then submit your event proposal below.  



Deadline for submissions of interest: 17:00, 04 March 2020.

If we decide to programme your event, you’ll need to provide final copy and artwork by 17:00 on 20 March 2020. Any event copy returned after this date will not be included in the printed Fringe Central Events Programme. 

Fringe Central Events Programme sections in 2020

  • Beyond Edinburgh: where next?
    The Fringe can be a great platform for getting work seen by future bookers and collaborators, but where should artists start? These events provide information and advice on some of the opportunities that exist outside of the Fringe and how to engage with them. 
  • Breaking down barriers
    Thought-provoking discussions around accessibility, equalities and diversity at the Fringe and across the wider performing arts sector.
  • Building blocks
    Events for anyone looking to progress their career or learn new skills.
  • Health and wellbeing
    A series of discussions, events and workshops to support mind, body and soul.
  • Make the most of your Fringe
    How to become a Fringe expert, with advice on getting started, marketing shows and pitching to promoters, as well as opportunities to meet peers.
  • Start your sustainable Fringe
    A series of environmentally minded practical and discussion-based events, drop-ins and networking opportunities.
  • Taking care of business    
    These events are designed to help artists keep on top of the business side of things. 
  • Talking out your arts
    Some lively and inspiring discussions and workshops to help Fringe artists develop creative skills, gain new perspectives and have a richer Fringe experience. 

Check out the 2019 Fringe Central Events Programme for more ideas and inspiration

Thumbnail image: Sheila Atim delivers the 2019 Fringe Central Welcome Address. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.