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 artists and 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:

  • The applicant is of Asian origin.
  • The applicant is working in the field of Asian arts.
  • The performance is inspired by an Asian theme or genre.
  • The performance has a strong and clear link with Asian culture, e.g. an adaptation of a classic Asian story.

The Awards will be divided into four categories - Best Production, Best Performance, Best Director and Best Comedy - and the judges will be looking for acts that display outstanding originality, creativity 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.

The Mental Health Fringe Award, now in its second year, is presented by the Mental Health Foundation in recognition of the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe show that most compellingly addresses the subject of mental health. The winner will be invited to perform their show in Glasgow in May 2019 as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, in partnership with the Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto programme. 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 24 August.