Introduction to the Fringe
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. There is no selection process and the festival is not programmed or curated.
The Edinburgh Festival 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 make your show a success.
We’ve created a convenient handbook that covers all the major aspects of running a venue at the Fringe for you to read at your own pace by downloading the PDF below.
- The Fringe Handbook for Running a Venue
- The Fringe Handbook for Registering and Managing your Venues
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
- French - Fringe touche de langue pour les locuteurs de français
- German - Begriffserklärungen rund um das Fringe-Geschehen: Deutsch
- Italian - Legenda della terminologia del Fringe in lingua italiana
- Mandarin - 爱丁堡边缘艺术节[中文]演讲者重要术语释义
- Portuguese - Fringe – Termos chave para falantes de Português
- Spanish - Glosario del Fringe para hispanoparlantes
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 and to make the most of all the opportunities on offer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last years programme
Checkout last year’s programme to get a feel for the range of shows, events and format of the festival.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 Programme (75MB .pdf)