The Fringe Society have created a new guide to help Fringe artists and companies make their shows more accessible for Deaf/deaf, autistic and visually impaired audiences.

From providing BSL-interpretation and captioning for shows, to creating touch tours and relaxed performances, Fringe participants can find the tools to make small changes that will have a huge impact. View the guide to putting on an accessible show.

Alongside this, the Venue Access Awards help Fringe venues become as accessible as they possibly can. The awards toolkit guides Fringe venues through a series of practical and achievable measures such as staff training, accessible toilets, lowered counters and clear information so customers can make informed choices. Find out more about the Venue Access Awards.

There are 13.9 million disabled people living in the UK alone, over 20% of the population. A 2016 study by Creative Scotland found 43% of disabled respondents stated their disability was a barrier to inclusion and involvement in the arts.


Navigating the Fringe

At the Fringe Society, we believe that coming to – and getting around – the Fringe should be as easy as possible for artists and audiences, regardless of their circumstances. We are constantly reviewing our services to ensure that everyone who attends the Fringe has the best possible experience.    
Our access services include: 

  • An access bookings service for anyone who identifies as D/deaf or disabled, including complimentary tickets for personal assistants. 
  • A Changing Places toilet in the George Square area during the Fringe – Changing Places toilets are fully accessible toilets with adult-sized changing benches and hoists for people with complex disabilities.
  • Sensory backpacks for children and adults on the autism spectrum to borrow in August to make their visit to the Fringe as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
  • BSL interpreted performances at the Virgin Money Street Events.

For more information, please head to www.edfringe.com/experience/accessibility-and-additional-needs.

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