The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access arts festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1947 when eight theatre companies turned up, uninvited, alongside the acts performing in the first Edinburgh International Festival. Since then the Fringe has not only come into its own, but has become the biggest of Edinburgh’s festivals.

An open access arts festival means that anyone who can find a venue to perform in can put on a show as part of the Fringe. There is no selection process and the festival is not programmed or curated. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not produce any shows, does not invite anybody to perform and pays no fees to performers. We are simply here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success.

Street performer on the the High Street

During the Fringe, the Society manages two vibrant street performance spaces in the heart of the city: The Royal Mile (between Cockburn Street and George IV Bridge, also known as High Street) and the Mound Precinct. These spaces become the focus of the festival atmosphere that takes over Edinburgh in August, with thousands of locals and tourists mingling to see the spectacular acts that travel from all over the world to entertain the crowds.

Our dedicated Virgin Money Street Events team schedule stages and other street performance areas. The team provides the infrastructure and necessary permissions for this spectacular event to take place. They ensure the street performance areas are a safe and fun, family environment with equal opportunity for all to participate.

If you have general questions about participating in the Virgin Money Street Events please or contact our street events team on [email protected].