The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an arts marketplace unrivalled in scale, diversity and quality. For arts professionals wanting to find new work, explore unknown talent or network with industry peers, the Fringe provides an excellent platform of discovery.
Who is this guide for?
This guide is for professional producers, venues, festivals, programmers, bookers, talent agencies and others looking to find work and provide professional development opportunities for participants beyond the Fringe.
For emerging producers, the Arts Industry Office also offers the Emerging Producer Development Programme.
If you're a performing company wishing to know more about getting promoters and producers in to see your show, visit the putting on a show guide pages.
The Fringe marketplace
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access arts festival and the greatest platform for creative freedom on the planet. It began in 1947 when eight theatre companies, not invited to perform at the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival, went ahead and performed on the ‘fringe’ of the festival anyway. Since then the Fringe has developed into the biggest of Edinburgh’s festivals, and the largest arts festival in the world
An open access arts festival means that anyone with a venue to host them can be part of the Fringe. There is no selection process and the festival is not programmed or curated by any one person or organisation. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not produce any shows, does not invite anybody to perform and pays no fees to performers. We are here to provide participants with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make their show a success.
The open access philosophy makes the Fringe a hub of cutting-edge work, undiscovered companies and emerging and established talent. Not only does the Fringe provide the opportunity for exploration but also the best platform to discover artists and collaborators from the UK and across the globe.