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 (mhfestival.com), 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.

The Sustainable Fringe Awards recognise innovative ideas that seek to tackle issues of climate change or environmental sustainability at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in design, content or execution.

Artists and venues are invited to submit new, novel, creative or ambitious ideas for increasing the sustainability of their work, and nominate themselves to be a ‘Green Pick’ of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ideas can tackle ways of reducing environmental impact (eg changing resource use or minimising carbon emissions); creating pro-environmental behaviour among participants, organisers or audiences; or changing our wider society’s perspective of climate change.

Hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland (the national charity for environmental sustainability in culture) in collaboration with Staging Change (a new network of theatre-makers committed to greening the industry), the winning artist / company and winning venue will be awarded £100 to help implement their green idea and will be featured on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.

Ideas should relate to productions or practices taking place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but do not need to be implemented during that year's festival or already be in progress at the point of submission: this award rewards the idea.

Winning ideas are selected by a judging panel made up of representatives from Creative Carbon Scotland and Staging Change.

More information and the application form can be found on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.