Every year the Fringe is a global meeting place for creative talent where artists and arts industry can meet and connect. The Arts Industry Office exists to offer guidance and assistance to arts industry professionals at the festival, and to help you find artists and other arts industry professionals to collaborate with. Whether this Fringe is your first or your fifteenth, we’re here to help you make the most of your Fringe experience.


The 2021 Fringe will take place from 06 – 30 August.

This year more than ever it’s important for our sector to have a space to come together and share thoughts and ideas about our industry and how it can move forward. With that in mind, all our arts industry activity this year will be online, giving you the opportunity to connect with peers and colleagues from around the world.


Fringe Connect is our social network and events space that will be home for artists and arts industry professionals. We have an exciting list of partners with whom we’ll be hosting discussions and provocations on the challenges of re-opening, new creative practices, social and political issues and hot topics for our industry, as well as events showcasing work at the festival.

On Fringe Connect you will be able to set up a profile and start chatting with friends and colleagues. You can connect with peers who share your interests and find collaborators for projects you are working on.

Fringe Marketplace is an online platform created to connect programmers, presenters and commissioners from all over the world with professional artists and tour-ready work at the Fringe. The work on Marketplace has been selected by Fringe venue programmers and assessed by Fringe associates; its purpose is to help you find work that fits your programming specifications and to make the Fringe a valuable platform for artists seeking onward touring opportunities.

To access Fringe Marketplace, you must have a proven capacity to book work and / or offer development pathways for work or be an agent seeking new clients. On Marketplace you will be able to watch videos artists have provided, as well as access information about their shows and how to contact them. In addition, you will also get access to the Show Directory of all artists and companies who indicate during their registration they are presenting tour-ready work at the festival.

Fringe Connect and registration for Fringe Marketplace will launch in July. Fringe Marketplace will open in August in line with the festival dates. To receive updates about them and our other summer plans, including a reminder when arts industry registration opens, sign up to our mailing list. 

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To access Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace you need to register with the Arts Industry Office. If you are applying to use Fringe Marketplace you will also need to provide us with information about your programming history and the kind of work, artists and companies you are looking to connect with this year.

Arts industry registration to access Fringe Connect and Fringe Marketplace will open in early July.

Find out more about how to register


The Arts Industry Office is open all year round for questions about arts industry registration and attendance at the Fringe. Get in touch by emailing [email protected] or call +44 (0)131 240 1902.

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