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BattleActs Improvised Comedy Edinburgh Festival Fringe – BattleActs at the Airport
The Edinburgh Reporter

BattleActs Improvised Comedy Frankie's Fringe Focus with Phil Mann from BattleActs!
Frankie's Fringe Focus

Rik Carranza: Charming Interview with Rik Carranza

BattleActs Improvised Comedy Edinburgh Picks 2014: Interactive shows
Such Small Portions

Free Festival Director Alex Petty has a chat with John Fleming about the Fringe
John Fleming's Blog

Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?! Independent recommends Luisa Omielan & Jessie Cave + Emer Kenny as best comedy acts to see at Edinburgh Fringe 2014
The Independent


The Free Festival is invading Edinburgh for the 11th Year! Every day from July 31st until August 24th you can find over 360 of our fantastic free shows in 22 venues all around town... have a look at this website to find what you want to see, we've brought with us some top names in Comedy, Theatre, Cabaret, Children's shows, Music and much more..... you can see top names and award winners, and the very best in undiscovered talent - all for free!

In 2014 we have another packed programme of shows for you, in venues across Edinburgh, and there are over 6,400 performances to see! (which makes us a huge part of the Edinburgh Fringe!).

In 2013 our shows won: Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Malcolm Hardee Awards, and were nominated for the TO&ST Cabaret Awards, and Total Theatre Awards - come and see who might be the pick of the Fringe this year. 

We also had a hugely critically acclaimed Fringe in 2013, with over 40 five star reviewed shows and 140 four star reviewed shows - which means 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!

This year we have been busy selecting some great shows from around the world for you, with performers taking part this year whom we have seen not only at previous Edinburgh Fringes, but from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Brighton fringe - we get about a bit to make sure you have a great August! We have a large selection of shows bought to you from all over the world, alongside the best of British talent.

So check out this site, and search the shows and venues using the calendar and options to the left, and have another great Fringe.... and as always with us, it is all Free - with the performers asking for a donation at the end, so you can get out and see as much of the vibrant, manic, exciting Fringe action as possible.

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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