These awards recognise diversity, accessibility and inclusivity - please see the details of each award for entry specifics.
The Asian Arts Award
The Asian Arts Award was founded in 2014 to promote Asian art forms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is open to Fringe participants who are of Asian origin and/or are working in the field of traditional Asian arts (but no stand-up comedy).
The Awards will be divided into three categories - Best Production, Best Director and Best Comedy - and the judges will be looking for acts that display outstanding originality and innovation in their work.
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.
- Best Production – Taha - Amer Hlehel (Palestine) – Amer Hlehel – Summerhall
- Best Director – Sigma - Gandini Juggling (multinational cast) – Gandini Juggling – Assembly Hall
- Best Comedy – Ongals: Babbling Comedy - The Ongals (South Korea) – The Ongals – Assembly Roxy
- Asian Arts Awards - Founder Award (for young Chinese talent) – National Theatre of China - Luocha Land – National Theatre of China – C Venues - C
Euan's Guide Accessible Fringe Award
Euan’s Guide, the disabled access review charity, is presenting awards for a show and venue that are doing something outstanding to include disabled audiences at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The winning show* will receive a prize of £1,000 with a runner up awarded £500. There will be a further prize of £500 for a venue** with excellent accessibility.
People can vote for any show or venue and, once voting closes on Sunday 16th August, those with the most votes will go through to the final round to be judged by a panel of disabled people. The winners will be announced on Friday 21st August.
- Most Accessible Small Permanent Venue - Scottish Storytelling Centre
Fringe Sustainable Practice Award
This award rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability; take responsibility for their environmental, economic, and social impacts; or think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world.
Run by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland, the award for sustainable practice on the Fringe was first launched in 2010, and awardees have gone on to future success on the Fringe and presentations around the world. Judging Criteria: Productions are judged on two elements
- Engagement with sustainability (whether in concept, production design or delivery)
- Artistic Quality
- Towers of Eden - Outland Theatre - theSpace on the Mile
2017 significant contribution
- Home Sweet Garden - Asylon Theatre at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - John Hope Gateway
- Last Resort - 2 Magpies Theatre at Summerhall
- Me and My Bee - This Egg and the Pleasance
- Tribe - Temper Theatre - ZOO Outside
Mental Health Fringe Award
The Mental Health Fringe Award is a new award, presented by the Mental Health Foundation, in recognition of the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe show that most successfully explores the subject of mental health.
The purpose of the award is to encourage the creation of outstanding new work that explores subjects relating to mental health. The award has the support of the Scotsman newspaper, and the winner will be announced at the Scotsman Fringe Awards on Friday 25 August.
- Mental - Kane Power Theatre - Assembly Roxy
- Amy Conway's Super Awesome World - Floating Tower - Underbelly, Cowgate
- Give Me Your Love - Ridiculusmus - Summerhall
- Hear Me Raw - Áine Flanagan Productions and Lipsink in Association With United Agents - Underbelly, George Square
- Jack Rooke: Happy Hour - Soho Theatre in association with Underbelly - Underbelly, Cowgate
- Snowflake - The Network and Pleasance Theatre Trust - Pleasance Courtyard
- A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) - Silent Uproar in association with LittleMighty - Pleasance Courtyard