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.

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:

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 participants@edfringe.com

Checkout last year’s programme to get a feel for the range of shows, events and format of the festival.