We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves through creativity and experience the thrill of live performance.
We work closely with over 30 charities and communities across Edinburgh, all year round, to break down any barriers that might prevent groups and individuals coming to the Fringe, in particular those who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to experience the festival or arts in general.
The success of the Fringe relies on this city and its residents, and we're committed to finding ways for even more Edinburgh people to engage with and enjoy the arts. No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone is welcome.
To find out more about our community engagement work, read our Community engagement narrative.
Fringe Days Out
The Fringe Days Out scheme, launched in 2017, provides Edinburgh-based charities and community groups with free Fringe ticket vouchers and bus passes, so that their whole festival experience is free.
Since then, over people from across Edinburgh have visited the festival over 16,000 times through Fringe Days Out, a significant proportion of whom had never experienced the Fringe before.
By providing people with Fringe ticket vouchers, we empower them to explore the full Fringe programme, inviting them to see any show. By providing bus passes, we make it simpler for people to travel into town, removing the potential barrier of transport costs.
While the core of Fringe Days Out is to provide Fringe vouchers and travel tickets, we also use the scheme to support creative projects, artist-led workshops and other activities, increasing equal access to cultural experiences.
‘It makes the Fringe accessible for local people. With the addition of bus passes, it means that families in particular have a wonderful opportunity to take their children to a performance, which otherwise would not be possible. It might be their first creative experience which can open up their worlds, create new ideas and enthusiasm. It can create magic.’ – Kate Craik, General Manager, North Edinburgh Arts
'I had a fantastic time. I love going to a Fringe show, but I find it more difficult to get out of the house now, and never go out alone in the evening. The singers were lovely and though I am in my 80s, I felt as though I was 18 again listening to them peform the music I love. I am so glad that I was able to take up this generous offer.' – Fringe Days Out participant
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