Fringe Central, the Fringe Society’s participants centre, is your home away from home during the Fringe and is open for the month of August.

Fringe Central is available to any and all performers, producers, company members, arts industry or members of the media wanting to make use of our services and meet up with fellow Fringe participants.

Find us at Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, corner of Windmill St and Chapel St, EH8 9LE (view on map)

The Fringe Central Events Programme is designed to help you make the most of the world's largest arts festival by providing events to expand your skills, meet new people and gather all the information you need to develop and enhance your career.

The full range of events includes workshops, panels, drop-in sessions and discussions, presented by the Fringe Society in partnership with a range of organisations who are specialists in their field.

Call for entries

The Fringe Central Events Programme is curated through an open call. Anyone interested in offering their services or expertise through this programme is welcome to submit an event proposal. The call for entries usually opens in November for the following year’s programme, with a deadline of early March. For more information on how this works or if you have an idea of an event you would like to present, please contact [email protected]

External events

For a full list of events available during the Fringe that are not based in Fringe Central please see below. If you are offering an opportunity for participants that you would like to see featured here, please contact [email protected]

  • Staff to give you advice on all issues including your marketing and media campaigns and how to make the best use of the development opportunities at the Fringe for yourself and your show (more information below) 
  • Free networking opportunities, workshops, discussions, talks and events
  • Participants’ discount scheme – Fringe Central passes entitle you to access our participants discount scheme including offers from various businesses around Edinburgh (more information below)
  • Reduced rate rehearsal space to hire (more information below)
  • Free Wi-fi 
  • Computer terminals with internet access (there is a £2 charge for log-in which lasts the month) 
  • Photocopying (nominal fee applies)
  • Printing (nominal fee applies)
  • Café (Monday to Friday)

Staff at Fringe Central

Artist Development team

If you’re building your career or looking to tour your show after the Fringe, our Artist Development team are available to help and connect you with relevant members of the arts industry, from venues and festivals to producers and agents. Get in touch with them on [email protected].

Media and Marketing Advice team

Our Media team can help you with your campaign to promote your show and advise on the best way to attract both audiences and journalists. Get in touch with them on [email protected].

Venues and Companies team

The Venues and Companies team is on hand for any show or venue taking part in the Fringe. They can offer impartial advice on many aspects of your time at the Fringe, including legal concerns and stakeholder conflicts, and can be a general sounding board for any queries. You can reach them on [email protected].

Participant discounts

Being a registered Fringe participant gives you access to exclusive discounts for a number of local businesses. Just present your Fringe participant pass to get great offers on food, fitness and wellbeing to help make the most of your time at the Fringe.

Your Fringe participant pass can be collected at the Fringe Central reception.

Browse participant discounts

Rehearsal space hire

Fringe Central has a rehearsal space available for hire at reasonable rates for all registered Fringe participants. For further information and to book please email [email protected]  

Fringe Central doesn’t just exist during the Fringe, it is the Fringe Society’s year-round platform for engaging with Fringe participants, sharing information on opportunities for the Fringe and beyond. 

Follow @FringeCentral on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date. 

Involved in the 2019 Fringe? Make sure to join Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 artists group on Facebook.  


Please Contact Us for Resources and Templates on:

  • Budgets
  • Contracts
  • Touring
  • Funding & fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Sustainability
  • Health and safety
  • Music licensing
  • Policies
  • Transport
  • Access and disability
  • General information (e.g. a glossary, finding a venue and a template for an information pack)
Please get in touch with [email protected] if you have any specific questions about the information on this page. A member of our team can set up a 10-minute slot to talk things over with you on the phone or through Skype.

Please note, slots are based on team availability.