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 developed into the biggest of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Key facts

  • The Fringe is an open access festival meaning that anyone who can find a venue to perform in can put on a show during August.
  • 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're here to provide you with the resources, support and exposure necessary to make your show a success.

Everything you need to know is on this website, but if you want to browse offline or at your own pace, the handbooks below can be downloaded in PDF format.

Our glossaries will help to make sense of Fringe terminology that you may not have encountered before.

Check out the 2019 programme to get a feel for the range of shows, events and format of the festival.

There’s lots of information available about taking a part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Please note that the Fringe Society cannot be held responsible for the content of external sites and they may not reflect the opinions of the Society.

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