Welcome to the Participants' Area

The 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place between 1 and 25 August.

Quick Guide to Taking Part in the Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on earth, an inspiring celebration of the best performance and entertainment emerging from every continent of our planet. We are an open-access festival; our programme includes anyone with a show to present and a venue willing to host them. The Festival Fringe Society does not produce any shows, invite anyone to perform, run any venues or pay any fees to artists, and no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. Participation relies entirely on the initiative of thousands of performers who chose to put a show at our festival every year.

Interested in taking part?

Then you’ve arrived at the right place! You can browse the menu on the left to find out everything you need to know about taking part in the Fringe, and as a starting point, our resources below cover all the major aspects of bringing a show to the Fringe:

Additionally, our FAQ and Downloads pages contain information and further guides for everyone wanting to take part.

2014 Show Registration Deadline Dates

The show registration deadline for inclusion in the printed programme has now passed. If you have already registered your show, you can continue to make changes until Monday 14 April, 2014. After this point, our registration system will be closed until 19 May 2014 when it will re-open for new registrations. Shows registered after this point will be listed online and in the Fringe App. Visit our Show Registration page for full details.

The dates you need to know are:

  • Wednesday 19 March 17:00 (GMT) – Discount registration deadline – register your show by this date for a discounted fee
  • Wednesday 26 March 17:00 (GMT) – sign-off date for putting tickets on sale online on 10 April
  • Wednesday 09 April 17:00 (BST) – Printed programme deadline – register your show by this date for inclusion in the printed programme
  • Wednesday 30 April 17:00 (BST) – sign-off date for putting tickets on sale online on 13 May
  • Monday 19 May - Show registration system reopens for new registrations
  • Thursday 05 June – full programme and Box Office launch

Please note you should allow at least five working days for proofs to be ready after paying for your registration. This means you will need to register at least ten days in advance of any sign off date to meet that on sale deadline. Your venue will also need to sign-off your show information before your listings go online and tickets on sale.

Once you have registered your show, more details about the procedures for proofing, signing off and getting your shows on sale will be sent to you or contact us at programme@edfringe.com with any questions. You can also use the various Fringe guides to help you through the process.

2014 Show Registration Fees

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve frozen registration fees again for 2014, making this the 7th year running that there’s been no increase in charges. Your registration fee gives you access to all the Fringe Society services to help you make the most of the festival.

The fees for 2014 are:

  • Full run - (6 or more performances - discount rate) - £295.20 (£246.00 excl VAT)
  • Full run - (6 or more performances - full rate) - £393.60 (£328.00 excl VAT)
  • Limited run (3 to 5 performances) - £204.00 (£170.00 excl VAT)
  • Limited run (1 or 2 performances) - £96.00 (£80.00 excl VAT)

Please note there is no discounted fee for limited run shows.

The registration deadline for inclusion in the printed programme is 09 April 2014.

Your registration fee includes:

  • access to facilities and professional development events at Fringe Central, our participants’ centre, in August
  • bespoke advice about how to manage your media and marketing campaign from our Media Office
  • individual advice from our Participant Development service to identify what you hope to get out of the Fringe and help you make the right contacts, whether you are interested in touring your show or more personal career development
  • year round support on all aspects of your Fringe visit including choosing your venue, legal and licensing issues and information for international companies
  • your show listing and image in the Fringe printed programme, online at www.edfringe.com and in the Fringe App.

Roadshows – information on taking part in the Fringe and making the most of the experience

Every year the Fringe Society goes on the road to bring you information about how to take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and to make the most of all the opportunities on offer. These free events are a great chance to get advice from experts about your Fringe visit and to ask your questions on a one-to-one basis.

Upcoming events are:

  • Saturday 26 April – Making the Most of the Fringe Roadshow – 14:00-15:30  – Pleasance, London 

    A chance to hear from an expert panel about building your media and marketing campaign and how to get promoters, producers and programmers to come and see your show.
  • Sunday 11 May – Sell Your Show on the Fringe – 14.00 to 15.30, The Old Courtroom, Brighton

    As part of the Brighton Fringe, this event will give invaluable tips about getting your work noticed by the media and arts industry at open access festivals.
  • Orlando – Tuesday 20 May – 17:00 to 19:00 – The Orlando Fringe Orange Venue (The Margeson Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center)

    As part of the Orlando Fringe, Fringe Society staff present an informal guide to taking your show to Edinburgh.

All roadshows are free to attend. You can reserve a place by emailing participants@edfringe.com and letting us know which date you are coming.
If you can’t make the dates above, or missed any previous events, you can still watch or listen to all the advice from our roadshows on our podcasts and recordings page. 

Participants' Bulletins

The Fringe Society sends out regular e-bulletins with news and information about taking part in the Fringe. By signing up to our mailing list, you'll be kept up-to-date with news and information. Just fill in the Subscribe box on the left hand side of this page.

You can read the most recent bulletin and previous editions by clicking here.

Contact us

The Participant Services team is here to help you every step of the way. Please get in touch at participants@edfringe.com or +44 (0)131 226 0026 (option 2). If you are in Edinburgh, you can drop into our office to see us at 180 High Street, EH1 1QS.

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