The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access arts festival. 'Open access' means that anyone who can find a venue to perform in can put on a show as part of the Fringe.
The Fringe Society does not own or operate any venues, 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 support you in running a Fringe venue.
To get in touch with us, please email [email protected].
Download our handbook, which covers all the major aspects of running a venue at the Fringe:
- The Fringe Handbook for Running a Venue (.pdf download)
Our glossaries will help to make sense of Fringe terminology that you may not have encountered before. The handbooks are available in the following languages:
- English - The Fringe language key (.pdf download)
- French - Fringe touche de langue pour les locuteurs de français (.pdf download)
- German - Begriffserklärungen rund um das Fringe-Geschehen: Deutsch (.pdf download)
- Italian - Legenda della terminologia del Fringe in lingua italiana (.pdf download)
- Mandarin - 爱丁堡边缘艺术节[中文]演讲者重要术语释义 (.pdf download)
- Portuguese - Fringe – Termos chave para falantes de Português (.pdf download)
- Spanish - Glosario del Fringe para hispanoparlantes (.pdf download)
Every year the Fringe Society runs a series of information sessions to give those bringing a show information about how to take part in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Some of these events include a ‘Meet the venues’ portion whereby prospective shows can learn about various venues who may be in attendance. If you would like to attend one of these ‘Meet the venues’ sessions, please get in touch on [email protected].
We also provide information to artists about how to find a venue, including a handbook listing venue specifications (drawn from Edfringeware) and listings for available slots in the run-up to the Fringe.