Edinburgh Festival Fringe returns in person and online this August

Edinburgh street artists perform in Edinburgh on the last weekend of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe have announced their first set of shows for 2021 are now available to book.

More programmes and event details are set to be announced weekly in the run-up to the Fringe, but 170 shows are available to book now.

The famous Fringe festival will be taking place from 6th August to 30th August in-person and online.

Street events will also be returning to the festival, with more details being released next week.

“After the year we’ve all had, it brings me an indescribable amount of joy to see Fringe shows going on sale. Fringe operators and artists have been working tirelessly to make this Fringe not only possible, but as safe, accessible and engaging as it can be.

“Things will, of course, look a little different this year. But embracing the unknown and turning it into something magical is what the Fringe does best. I’m excited to see the ways that digital platforms are being used to create exciting, accessible work, and I’m inspired by the way producers and artists have adapted to the ongoing restrictions to bring live performance back to our lives.”

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

In-person shows.

Live performances will be taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues and will comply with City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government covid-related regulations (social distancing and masks must be worn indoors). The Scottish Government has advised that regulations could lift on the 9th of August, though this is subject to change. The Fringe Society will be updating audiences and artists regularly on what changing restrictions mean for in-person performances at the Fringe.

Online shows.

Both scheduled and on-demand online events will be available to visitors who can’t attend the festival in person. With scheduled shows, audiences can buy tickets as they would to a traditional in-person event. Shows will have a dedicated start and end time and are treated as an “appointment to view” event. For on-demand shows, audiences can buy tickets to watch at their leisure.

More information and full guidelines on this year’s Fringe can be found on http://www.edfringe.com

Ashleigh Ridler