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We're back in 2018! New Shows! New Venues! New Logo! This year our shows will run August 2nd to 26th 2018 at our venues across Edinburgh. With extra kids festival dates beforehand again as well from July 31st. Our 2018 programme will be launched here at the end of May...

Last year our Edinburgh Fringe shows ran through August in 2017 and we had a record-breaking 400 shows at our venues, more venues than ever, more award nominations than ever, and our busiest year as well. We're really looking forward to much more and an even better programme in 2018! We can't wait to tell you soon!

If you are a performer, you can still apply to perform with us, although we have now completed most of our programming - gaps may appear. Click here to apply! 

In 2017 we had some exciting new venues for you to choose from, including the return of the Counting House, and a another big selection of the very best free shows... There was the usual massive comedy selection, along with four music stages, some fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word a walking tour and some busking. As always there was so much to choose from! Expect more this year!

It will be our 15th Anniversary year this year, so we are aiming to make 2018 a huge year!  

In 2017 we had a hugely critically acclaimed Fringe, with a massive bucket-load of five-star reviewed shows and even more four star reviewed shows, two nominations for best comedy, and many more award nominations - which proves that our free shows are a sign of top quality Fringe shows, while we let performers and audiences experience the freedom of the Fringe, with a chance to experiment and enjoy. Just what the Fringe should be!

Do check out what we had in our programme, using the calendar or search tools on the left of this page to see what was on in 2017, our 2018 programme will be available in May, and we hope to see you in Edinburgh through the Fringe month of August again next time around! 

Running The Free Festival costs a lot of money... some of this money is recouped through sponsorship, advertising and our comedy courses... If you would like to contribute and help keep the venues free for acts and audiences, please click button above
Become a Free Festival Venue... If you run a Fringe venue in Edinburgh and would like to either become part of the Free Festival or list your free shows with us, or if you are a new venue looking to have free shows at your venue for the Fringe, click here for some more information...


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