Arts and Culture in the City
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. This year’s Fringe kicks off on 2nd August and runs through to 26th August – and features a wonderfully rich tapestry of creative energy and talent from all over the world. From live music to performance art and from contemporary dance to punk poetry, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – or even try for the first time.
Make the Most of Your Fringe Experience
- Fringe in Your Pocket – Download the official Fringe app from your app store – for iOS and Android. It’s the Fringe in your pocket – you can see what’s on, plan your day, and buy tickets.
- Become a Fringe Friend – Grab 2 for 1 tickets for thousands of shows, and other perks including 10% off Fringe merchandise. You’ll also be supporting the Fringe Society’s work to support artists and ensure that the Fringe is accessible to all.
- Virgin Money Half-Price Hut – Visit the Virgin Money Half-Price Hut during the festival and grab a bargain – see what tickets are on offer that day for half of their usual price.
- Best Things in Fringe are Free – There are plenty of free shows on offer during the festival, and you can search for free and discounted tickets on the Fringe website. There’s no such things as bad weather; just the wrong clothes.
- Be Prepared – Remember there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Scotland’s weather is ‘variable’ to put it mildly, so be prepared for everything! Comfy shoes are a must, obviously. Although public transport is great, you should still be prepared to do a bit of walking.
- Auld Reekie Cleans Up Its Act – Once known as ‘Auld Reekie’ the air in Edinburgh is now cleaner than every other capital city in Europe, so consider your travel choices wisely. And the Festival Fringe Society is committed to minimising its impact on the environment, so dispose of your litter wisely. Avoid plastic and unrecyclable cutlery and packaging if possible.
- Embrace the queues – Edinburgh’s population swells to double during the festival, so be prepared to queue for most things during Fringe month. Don’t fight it; embrace it! Queues are where great friendships are struck up, and good show reviews shared.
Nothing you Fancy – Put on Your Own Show!
The Festival Fringe website has a guide to everything you need to know about putting on your own Fringe show – from finding a venue, registration, budgeting, building audiences and reaching out to the media. You might discover a hidden talent or showcase an existing one!