Fringe Central, the Fringe Society’s participants centre, is your home away from home during the Fringe and is open for the month of August.

Fringe Central is available to any and all performers, producers, company members, arts industry or members of the media wanting to make use of our services and meet up with fellow Fringe participants.

The Fringe Central Events Programme is designed to help you make the most of the world's largest arts festival by providing events to expand your skills, meet new people and gather all the information you need to develop and enhance your career.

The full range of events includes workshops, panels, drop-in sessions and discussions, presented by the Fringe Society in partnership with a range of organisations who are specialists in their field.

Call for entries: 2020 Fringe Central Events Programme

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 wellbeingbreaking down barriers and environmental sustainability strands. We also welcome events focusing on specific genres such as dancecomedymusic 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.


The deadline for submissions for the 2020 Programme has now passed.

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. 

Fringe Central is open during August and provides a range of onsite facilities for artists, media and arts industry. Facilities include:

  • Free networking opportunities, workshops, discussions, talks and events
  • Reduced rate rehearsal space to hire (more information below)
  • Free Wi-fi 
  • Computer terminals with internet access (there is a £2 charge for log-in which lasts the month) 
  • Photocopying (nominal fee applies)
  • Printing (nominal fee applies)
  • Café (Monday to Friday)

Rehearsal space hire

Fringe Central has a rehearsal space available for hire at reasonable rates for all registered Fringe participants. For further information and to book please email [email protected].

Staff at Fringe Central

  • Artist Development team - If you’re building your career or looking to tour your show after the Fringe, our Artist Development team are available to help and connect you with relevant members of the arts industry, from venues and festivals to producers and agents. Get in touch with them on [email protected].
  • Media and Marketing Advice team - Our Media team can help you with your campaign to promote your show and advise on the best way to attract both audiences and journalists. Get in touch with them on [email protected].
  • Venues and Companies team - The Venues and Companies team is on hand for any show or venue taking part in the Fringe. They can offer impartial advice on many aspects of your time at the Fringe, including legal concerns and stakeholder conflicts, and can be a general sounding board for any queries. You can reach them on [email protected].

Being a registered Fringe participant gives you access to exclusive discounts for a number of local businesses. Just present your Fringe participant pass to get great offers on food, fitness and wellbeing to help make the most of your time at the Fringe.

Your Fringe participant pass can be collected at the Fringe Central reception.

2020 participant discounts will be listed here ahead of the Fringe.

Follow @FringeCentral on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date. 

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