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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival on Earth, an inspiring celebration of the best performance and entertainment coming out of every continent of our planet. Here’s all the information you need about this year's Fringe!

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of seven festivals taking place in Scotland’s capital each August. For more information about other festivals in Edinburgh during August, please visit the Festivals Edinburgh website.

What are the dates for the 2016 Fringe?

The 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place between 05 and 29 August.

How can I take part in the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe?

The Fringe is an open-access festival. That means that our programme includes anyone with a show to present and a venue willing to host them. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not produce any shows, invite anyone to perform, run any venues or pay any fees to artists, and no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe. Participation relies solely on the initiative of the thousands of performers who choose to put on a show at our festival every year.

For detailed information on how you can bring a show to the Fringe, visit our Participants' Area.

How do I buy tickets for shows?

To allow our audiences to plan their trips and book their tickets as early as possible, we begin selling tickets for some shows through our website early in the year. All shows that register for the Festival Fringe are given the option to put their tickets on sale through the Fringe Box Office early, so the number of shows available for early ticket purchase depends entirely on the preference of the participating companies. As shows continue to register, the number of shows available for sale online will continue to grow as we approach our programme launch.

The first shows of 2016 will go on sale through our website early in the new year, and additional shows will be added each month until programme launch. The full set of early ticket sale dates will be added here when available.

After the full 2016 programme launch, you can also buy tickets by phone through our ticket booking line on +44 (0)131 226 0000 or in person over the counter at 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

For full details about our Box Office opening hours, collection points and more, please visit our Box Office page.

When is the 2016 Fringe Programme launched? How can I order a copy?

The official printed programme for the 2016 Fringe will launch in the spring, after which time it will be widely available from a number of outlets across the UK. To have a copy posted to your door, you can pre-order a copy of the programme by completing our online programme pre-order form when it opens later in the autumn of 2015. 

How do I advertise with the Fringe?

There are many exciting advertising opportunities in both our printed programme and online at!

Where can I buy Fringe merchandise?

You can buy Fringe goodies through our online shop or in person at the official Fringe shop at 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

You can create a new user account in our online shop to save your address details for future purchases. Note that this account is separate from the one you use on to purchase tickets. Alternatively, you can purchase merchandise using a guest account.

If you wish to enquire about an existing order, please email

How do I find out about jobs at the Fringe?

All vacancies are advertised on our jobs page and we also announce them on our social media channels.  We have a variety of roles available throughout the years – for more information, please check out our jobs FAQs.

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