Adelaide Fringe was born 57 years ago (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest open access arts festival! We completely take over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. Our world leading Honey Pot arts marketplace is second to none. It's designed to forge relationships between Fringe artists and presenters, programmers and producers of festivals and venues from around the world. Its primary objective is to create opportunities for works to have a life beyond the Fringe.

For more information please contact the Artists and Venues Team:

Arts & Business Scotland is an independent Scottish charity. We act as a conduit between the cultural and business sectors, helping to nurture the creative, social and commercial relationships that will enrich creativity and cultural engagement across Scotland.

What we do:

  • We enlist businesses into membership to develop a deeper relationship.
  • We offer incentives to new and returning business sponsors in order to grow the range of businesses engaging with the arts.
  • We deliver consultancy in arts sponsorship and engagement to business.
  • We advocate and broker business based creative development to position the arts as a catalyst to help achieve business solutions, while securing new income streams for the arts.
  • We deliver sponsorship training and support to the arts to help build their capacity to develop relationships with the private sector.
  • We deliver board training and development to arts organisations to build their capacity.

For more information, please contact

T: +44 (0) 131 556 3353

Brighton Fringe is the largest open access arts festival in England; it sets out to entertain, stimulate and educate a wide audience by providing a showcase for diverse art forms across four weeks.

Brighton Fringe’s Fringe Academy aims to create an opportunity for individuals looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of the arts, providing skills based training, advice and support targeted at young people and those looking to work within the arts. Workshops are run throughout the year and are free to attend. All upcoming workshops can be found here:

For more information, please contact Sarah Perryman, Participation and Development Manager:

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is one of the most successful and well-respected conservatoire drama schools in the UK. We attract the very best talent in students and staff, and our courses are recognised nationally and internationally as a benchmark of quality in professional acting, technical, production and management training. Students are selected on talent alone, and this is nurtured in small groups by a dedicated team of professional staff. The resulting graduates from all courses have the skills to achieve sustained, successful careers. With only 160 students across 11 courses, group numbers are kept deliberately low, to reflect realistically the employment market in each area of specialism.

For more information, please contact Anna Travers:

T: +44 (0) 117 973 3535

Brown Paper Tickets is the world's only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing and event registration service, with the largest commitment to social responsibility in the industry. We offer free, world-class ticketing software and 24-hour live customer service in English, French, and Spanish to help you to ticket, brand, customize and promote your events. Brown Paper Tickets donates 5% of its profits to charity and provides 24-hour telephone support, while maintaining a low ticketing fee for ticket buyers, so that you can create more successful events, delighted customers, and a better world.

For more information, please contact:

Ignacio Grazzini, UK Outeach:
Caroline Planque, International Outreach:

Creative Carbon Scotland believes in the essential role of the arts, culture and creative industries in contributing to the transformational change to more environmentally sustainable Scotland. We work directly with individual artists, organisations and strategic bodies engaged across cultural and sustainability sectors to harness the role of culture in achieving this change. We achieve this through year-round work, one off projects, and a range of free programmes and opportunities supporting the development of artistic practices which address sustainability and climate change (including the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award). We can advise companies on increasing the environmental sustainability of their show!

For more information, please contact Catriona Patterson, Environmental Sustainability Officer:

T: +44 (0) 131 529 7909

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is a Think Tank for sustainability and sustainable development in the arts and culture. The CSPA views sustainability as the intersection of environmental balance, social equity, economic stability and a strengthened cultural infrastructure. Seeing itself as evolved out of the principles of the 1987 Brundtland Report and 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the CSPA aligns itself with the policies of Agenda 21 for Culture as a resource to artists and art organizations. The CSPA’s activities include research and initiatives positioning arts and culture as a driver of a sustainable society.

For more information, please contact Ian Garrett, Director:

T: +44 (0) 131 208 6629

East 15 is a leading UK conservatoire drama school and is part of the University of Essex. We offer vocational degree programmes in acting with some programmes offering specialisations such as BA in Acting and Contemporary theatre, BA in Physical theatre and BA in Stage and Production Management. We also have a thriving post-graduate offer including MA programmes in Acting, and Theatre Directing. We are now one of the largest specialist theatre schools in the UK, with distinguished international teaching staff and many programmes crafted specifically for international students.

For more information please contact:

In her Mastering the Media Matrix workshops, veteran arts journalist Elaine Liner helps demystify online and print media for actors, artists, authors and others. Using her strategies, landing bigger, better coverage (and reviews) can be accomplished with or without a paid publicist. (Hint: The press release is dead!) Elaine spent 30 years on the receiving end of bad PR pitches in columnist/critic posts at major American daily papers. Since retiring from full-time journalism, she’s been sharing what she knows in workshops and in her book 107 Publicity Boosters That Work. She’s also a playwright/solo performer, appearing twice at EdFringe (2013-’14).

For more information please contact Elaine Liner:

T: US phone +1 214-284-5889

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners and is respected nationally and internationally for its work across all areas of the entertainment industry and its campaigns on behalf of artists and arts issues.

Equity's 40,000+ members form a community of major importance to the UK in artistic, social and economic term and Equity negotiates their working terms and conditions. The union’s 5,000 Student Members also get career information and advice.

Equity also provides members with a wide range of services from free insurance to legal advice and job information.

For more information, please contact Louise Grainger: 

T: +44 (0) 207670 0214


Euclid is the UK’s expert advisor in respect of EU funding opportunities for the arts & culture sector – and applications from UK organisations continue to be eligible, at least until early 2019.  Applications require EU partners and some can be challenging – but there are several programmes that are more straightforward, where you do not need to prepare any budgets and where match funding is not required.  Euclid has been helping UK organisations access these funds since 1999, and now also offers Creative.Partners, an online partner finding service.

For more information, please contact Geoffrey Brown: or

Federation of Scottish Theatre is the professional development and membership body for professional dance, opera and theatre in Scotland. FST provides a number of services to its members, including networking opportunities, specialist forums, mentoring, training (both for admin and management staff and for the technical and production professionals), bursaries for assistant directors, producers and technical staff, as well as lobbying and advocacy.

For more information, please contact

T: +44 (0)131 2484842

Funny Women was created in 2002, to help women perform, write and do business with humour.  The celebrated Funny Women Awards are the core of its comedy business, with events in London, Brighton, Manchester, Dublin and here at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Funny Women also runs corporate events and provides workplace training for some of the world’s leading companies and organisations including JLL, PwC, MasterCard, Investec, Lloyds of London, Aon, Virgin Trains East Coast, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Accenture. Projects range from running workshops to boost confidence, build teams and improve diversity to producing live comedy shows in the workplace.

For more information please contact Lynne Parker:

T: +44 (0)20 8948 4444

Imaginate is the national organisation in Scotland which promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people.  We want more children in Scotland to experience work that is deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. We want more high quality children’s work made in Scotland and so support artists with a year-round programme of creative development. We celebrate the best of children’s theatre and dance by producing Edinburgh International Children’s Festival showcasing performances from Scotland, the UK and all over the world.

For more information please contact Fiona Ferguson:

ITC is the management association for theatre's independent sector. We are a community of peers spread across the UK working in drama, dance, opera and musical theatre, mime and physical theatre, circus, puppetry, and mixed media.

ITC exists to enable the creation of high quality professional performing arts by supporting, representing and developing those who manage and produce it. ITC believes that good art thrives on good management.

ITC provides unlimited legal and financial advice, online resources, practical help with management challenges such as contract drafting, personnel issues, DBS checks and company formation, and networking events both regionally and nationally.

For more information, please contact Thea Stanton, ITC Communications Co-ordinator:

T: +44 (0)207 403 1727

Since its inception in 2006, the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS) has been striving to enhance the potential of Korean arts by conducting researches and surveys, offering consulting services, running educational programs, and dispensing knowledge and information to arts management professionals. By staying on the cusp of global arts trends, KAMS has developed unique strategies for international exchange with different regions and adds value to the arts in these exchanges through a collaborative network with its overseas partners.

For more information please contact Gabrielle Kim: 

T: +82 2 708 2294 

Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, we create a unique space for artistic self-expression. Every year we feature thousands of artists from every discipline you can name (and a few others besides) performing 400+ events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people.

Melbourne Fringe is the place to go for pure, unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery. We help artists develop and provide a platform for a vast, diverse range of voices. We find ideas from the margins and shout them to the world.

For more information, please contact Xanthe Beesley:

The Mental Health Foundation is one of the UK’s leading mental health charities. Its innovative arts programme, which has grown out of the annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) supports artists of all kinds who want to make work exploring mental health issues. As well as leading on the programming of SMHAFF, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world, the Foundation has a year-round programme of conferences, partnerships and arts development.

For more information, please contact Andrew Eaton-Lewis, arts lead (Scotland), Mental Health Foundation:

Mountview is one of the UK’s top drama schools, training students from across the world to be industry-ready for careers in TV, radio, film and theatre. 95% of our graduates work professionally within a year of completing their training. Olivier Award winners Ken Stott (The Hobbit) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), TV celebrity Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent) and West End star Dean John Wilson (Aladdin) all trained at Mountview.  We are committed to recruiting students regardless of their background or income. We partner with 34 arts organisations across the UK through our regional scouting network, identifying the most talented students from across the country. 50% of our undergraduate students receive a bursary and we offer free audition places every year to candidates who cannot afford to apply.  

For more information please contact Tessa Gillett, Head of Press and Marketing: 

Musical Theatre Network’s mission is to bring people and resources together to improve infrastructure and opportunities for new musical theatre in the UK. In partnership with its members (a national network of venues, producers, colleges, individuals and organisations developing and staging new musicals), MTN strengthens and diversifies the new musical theatre sector nationwide, and so supports development of the artform. MTN advocates for increased support of new British musicals, facilitates improved communication and collaboration, and encourages best practice in staging new musical theatre – including through a year round programme of networking and professional development events for members.

For more information please contact James Hadley, Executive Director, MTN:

National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) is a membership led organisation with two types of membership: Full Rural Touring Schemes and Associate Members. Associate Members include performers, companies, promoters, small venues and festivals

Associate membership costs £25 annually and includes:

  • Your profile on the Rural Touring Website.
  • Downloads such as Eyes Wide Open (a practical guide to rural touring) and a database of touring scheme contacts for free (normal price £5). 
  • Post information about shows and touring dates, join the conversations via our online discussions. 
  • Reduced prices for the annual conference and showcase event.

For more information, please contact Alice Porter:

T: +44 (0) 1904 466527

The Network of Independent Critics exists to champion quality arts coverage outside the mainstream press. We facilitate opportunities for independent critics, bloggers, vloggers and podcasters. Founded in late 2015, the NIC has provided discounted housing at the Fringe in 2016 and 2017 for arts critics. We are always interested in proposals for further partnerships with venues, festivals and artists. Services we can provide include (but are not limited to): panel participants, post-show discussions and critics for venue residencies.

For more information, please contact Katharine Kavanagh & Laura Kressly:

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is the nation's only arts organisation exclusively dedicated to the long-term support, development and promotion of Scotland's playwrights. We work actively and creatively with playwrights, connecting them with audiences and organisations, for the ultimate enrichment and enjoyment of the people of Scotland and beyond.

For more information, please contact Alasdair Mitchell:

Puppet Animation Scotland champions puppetry, visual theatre and animated film as dynamic and valued art forms integral to our country’s rich and diverse cultural life.
We exist to provide an inspirational strategic focus, advocacy and support for artist and art forms, promotion and development, engaging meaningfully and inclusively with audiences, practitioners and participants across our country’s diverse geographic and socio-economic contours.

We do this through our two annual festivals - the Puppet Animation Festival and the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival – as well as a wide range of workshops, training opportunities and practical support we offer through the year.

For more information please contact Jen White, Festivals & Projects Manager:

Red Bridge is an ideas-led organisation that aims to provide a supportive structure to stimulate and sustain artists’ development and practice.  Red Bridge Projects produces high quality arts projects and events for communities with a particular focus on performance projects for young and intergenerational audiences and participatory arts.

The company’s mission is to nourish creativity and encourage curiosity.  The mission is achieved through three key strands:

  • Providing creative development and person-centred support services to artists and arts organisations
  • Engaging communities in arts projects and events
  • developing and delivering events that further creative practice

For more information please contact Alice McGrath, Creative Director: 

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked among the world’s top three performing arts education institutions (QS Rankings 2017) and is number one in Scotland for graduate employability (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2014/2015), endorsing its status as a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts.

Building on its roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, RCS is now one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education centres offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, film and production as well as encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout our innovative curriculum.  

For more information please contact

T: +44 (0)1412708381

Scottish Community Drama(SCDA) Association has been supporting community drama throughout Scotland for the last 90 years.  With over 140 clubs and 321 individual members producing well over 400 shows annually, bringing theatre to local audiences their members cover the entire spectrum of ages, and, although older members predominate, they have a healthy youth membership too.  Over the years, workshops in acting and directing skills have been delivered locally to members from Orkney to Stranraer, improving skills and techniques with a positive impact on the quality of performances and the confidence of amateur theatre makers. 

For more information please contact Carole Williams:

The Scottish Drama Training Network is a unique organisation dedicated to the development of practical drama-training in Scotland. A Scottish Funding Council Initiative, SDTN is a Network of 18 colleges and higher education institutions who provide practical courses in Theatre, Film, Television and Radio subjects. The SDTN Directory and online Course Finder lists all the courses available from the institutions and is useful to anyone pursuing a career in the Creative Industries.

For more information please contact Laura Gregson:

T: +44 (0) 141 270 8349

SDUK is the professional trade association for Stage Directors across the UK. SDUK represents the interests of stage directors, campaigning and lobbying for better rights and working conditions. SDUK provides a sense of community and a unifying network for its members, and offers support, training and professional development. SDUK is By Directors, For Directors, moving directing culture towards a greater spirit of collaboration and mutual support.

For more information please contact Liz Holmes, General Manager:

T:  +44 (0) 20 7112 8881

#TaraTheatre connecting worlds. Beautiful and award-winning multicultural theatre in London.

Bringing together artists & audiences under the shade of our tree. Tara Theatre is home to a world of stories, from the classic to the new.

Step through the Indian front door into a world of colour, where the small is global. Tara Theatre's 100 plush seats surround an earth floor for actors to weave their magic on. Its Studio offers opportunities for intimate rehearsals, small events, and meetings, while its outdoor Patio - flanked by railway sleepers - lets in light and air in safe surroundings.

Tara Arts is the lead partner of the Black Theatre Live national touring consortium.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Kennedy: or

t: +44 (0)20 8333 4457

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a world leader for professional theatre and performance-related training, offering an extensive portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as well as a selection of short courses. Our alumni can be found in all departments of theatre, film and television, in the music industry, in education and in community arts organisations. With world-leading research supporting our specialist, industry-focused training, Central has a prestigious reputation within the creative arts sector and is continuously looking to create new knowledge to inform new practice.

For more information, please contact

T: +44 (0) 20 7722 8183

UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation. We promote excellence, professional development, and campaign to improve resilience and increase audiences across the sector. UK Theatre supports organisations and individuals in the performing arts at any stage of their career, through a range of training, events and other professional services. Whether it's through sharing knowledge, bringing you together with the right people or providing practical advice, UK Theatre supports you and your work.

For more information please contact Helen Rynne, Membership Executive:

Or Miriam Nicholson-Butcher,Training & Events Executive:

Union Yoga is a registered charity (SC034957) dedicated to helping the people of Scotland get fit and lead a balanced, stress free life through the practices of yoga, diet, and meditation.

At Union Yoga, we are passionate about yoga, health, and well-being. We believe the ancient practice of yoga can be used by everyone, any shape, any age, and any level of fitness, to improve your overall health and state of mind.

We provide a safe and comfortable environment to enable you to fully relax and release all your tensions. A space where you can come to switch off from the outside world. A space that becomes your private sanctuary to enable you to re-charge your batteries and gain some inner and outer peace and calmness.

For more information, please contact Ben Hemson-Struthers:

T: +44 (0) 7760753100

Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people. Unlimited has been delivered by the disability-led arts organization, Shape Arts, and arts-producing organization, Artsadmin, since 2013 and is funded from 2016-20 by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, British Council and Spirit of 2012.

For more information please contact Clara Giraud:

T: +44 (0) 20 7247 5102

Vee Smith is a recent graduate of the National Centre for Circus Arts and is working to produce performances, written work and facilitate debate and discussion about the contemporary circus industry. 

For more information please contact Vee Smith:

T: (+44) 7584902269

Get connected to a World of Fringe!

World Fringe is the International Fringe Festival Association bringing the Fringe community together, including festival staff, venues, performers & artists, agents, audiences, suppliers, media, sponsors & supporters, and wider industry professionals.

Each year over 200 Fringe Festivals across the globe showcase hundreds of thousands of artists and performers. 19 million people see approximately 170 thousand performers in 60,000 free and ticketed events. Over 8 million Fringe tickets are sold in over 6 thousand venues across the globe.

Find over 200 Fringe Festivals listed on the Website – The World Fringe is your oyster!

For more information please contact Holly Lombardo: