The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has published its Review of the Year 2021.

The review, published annually in February, typically reflects on the previous year’s Fringe and the year-round achievements of the Society, as well as reporting on our organisation-wide ambitions, innovations and developments.

Following the unprecedented disruption of 2020, the Fringe in 2021 was a step towards recovery, with in-person shows returning to the stages of Edinburgh alongside online events. It was still a difficult year however, and there remain many challenges to face, but we feel incredibly proud of what we've managed to achieve, and look forward to the future with eager anticipation.

Some key points:

  • The safety of both artists and audiences was our foremost concern, and we worked tirelessly with venues and government to ensure guidelines for in-person shows were understood and safety measures in place.
  • Online shows constituted nearly half of the 2021 Fringe programme, with audiences tuning in from 67 countries around the world.
  • We ensured the festival maintained its reputation as a place where artists can meet with their peers and have their show seen by members of the arts industry, thanks to our digital platforms: Fringe Connect and Marketplace.
  • We continued our longstanding work with local communities, breaking down barriers to engagement with the festival and providing Fringe artists with opportunities to perform around Edinburgh.

The work covered in this year’s review would not have been possible without the support of a wide range of individuals and organisations – we offer our sincerest thanks to all who made it possible. 

This year's Fringe will take place from 05 to 29 August 2022.