These awards recognise diversity, accessibility and inclusivity – please see the details of each award for entry specifics.

Each year these awards recognise the improvements that are being made to make the festivals more accessible to everyone, regardless of their disability. 

The Mental Health Fringe Award is presented by the Mental Health Foundation in recognition of the Edinburgh Fringe show that most compellingly addresses the subject of mental health.

The 2019 longlist was compiled from a combination of self-nomination, nominations by venues and promoters, and recommendations from the Mental Health Foundation's network of cultural contacts. The shortlist was announced during the final week of the Fringe and the winner – chosen by a judging panel of experienced festival programmers, theatre critics and mental health professionals – was invited to perform their show in May 2020 as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (, including some financial support plus in-kind PR and marketing support.

The award encourages the creation of outstanding new work that explores subjects relating to mental health. The award is supported by the Tron Theatre's Mayfesto programme and the Scotsman newspaper, and the winner was announced at the Scotsman Fringe Awards at the end of August.

2022 award winner

  • Manic Street Creature, Maimuna Memon (Roundabout @ Summerhall) 

The Neurodiverse Review Awards

Neurodiverse Review is working with charities and theatre companies to provide awards for exceptional work at the Edinburgh Fringe 2022. Autistic, neurodiverse and disabled-led work can often be ignored or misunderstood. All our awards are open for anyone from our community; you can also nominate an act that is not yours.

Nominations are open from 17:00 BST on Friday 11 August 2022 till 00:00 BST on Saturday 20 August 2022.

Each category will be longlisted on Tuesday 23 August, and the shortlist will be published on Wednesday 24 August.

The winners will be announced at a private event on Friday 26 August. Nominees will be invited.

To nominate, fill out the form at, stating the category you are applying for. We will also see shows with the view to adding them to our nomination list if they are appropriate.

The nominations will be judged by a panel from our communities.

The categories are:

  • Actually Autistic Excellence
  • ADHD Comedy Award
  • Neurodiversity Representation
  • Outstanding Visually Impaired Creative
  • Birds of Paradise Exceptional Theatre
  • Birds of Paradise Emegering Artist
  • Deaf Excellence