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

The Asian Arts Award was founded in 2014 to promote Asian art forms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Fringe participants can nominate themselves for entry into the Awards if they fulfil one of the following criteria:

  1. The applicant is of Asian origin.
  2. The applicant is working in the field of Asian arts.
  3. The performance is inspired by an Asian theme or genre.
  4. The performance has a strong and clear link with Asian culture, eg an adaptation of a classic Asian story.

(Please note: no stand-up comedy.)

The Awards will be divided into five categories - Best Technical Production, Best Director, Best Comedy, Best Performance, Best Show - and the judges will be looking for acts that display outstanding originality, creativity and innovation in their work.

There will also be a Founder’s Award, which will be decided by Asian Arts Global’s Creative Producer, Dr Chris Wang.

The award has gained recognition year on year, and attributes this to the increasing number of Asian performing groups that choose the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the location for their global premieres.

How to enter

The producer of the show should nominate their show by email to [email protected] before Friday 2 August 2019. The winner will be announced on Monday 19 August; all of the show directors will be invited to a ceremony in Edinburgh when the trophies will be awarded. Inclusion on the shortlist for the awards is at the discretion of the judges and their decisions will be final.

2019 winners

  • Best Venue - Edinburgh Festival Fringe Shop and Box Office
  • Spirit of Inclusion Award - Edinburgh International Festival
  • Most Accessible Pop-up Venue Award - Edinburgh International Book Festival 
  • Most Accessible Large Permanent Venue - The Festival Theatre 
  • Most Accessible Small Permanent Venue Award - Bedlam Theatre 

The Mental Health Fringe Award, now in its third year, is presented by the Mental Health Foundation in recognition of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe show that most compellingly addresses the subject of mental health.

The long-list is 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 is 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 - will be 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 purpose of the award is to encourage 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 will be announced at the Scotsman Fringe Awards at the end of August.

2019 winner

  • All Of Me - China Plate, Cambridge Junction and The Yard Theatre (Summerhall)


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 (e.g. 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 the 2019 Festival or already be in progress at the point of submission : this award rewards the idea.
  • Shortlisted ideas will be announced during the Start Your Sustainable Fringe day (5th August), with the winners announced at the Sustainability at the Fringe Reception as part of the Fringe Central Events Programme.
  • Winning ideas will be selected by a judging panel made up of representatives from Creative Carbon Scotland and Staging Change.
  • Ideas submissions for this award close on Friday 2 August 2019, and will be in the form of an online form. Ideas should be described in a maximum of 300 words.

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

‘Green Picks’ of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

For the first time, Staging Change will be curating a list of ‘Green Picks’ across the Festival: show creatively engaging with topics of climate change and environmental sustainability within their artistic content. More information will be available on the Staging Change website in due course.