Established in 2012, the Fringe World Congress is a unique platform which brings together organisations who manage fringe festivals around the globe to share ideas and experiences, and build future collaborations. The biennial Fringe World Congress, comprising a diverse programme of panel discussions and networking events, allows fringe organisers to discuss their respective operations and identify ways of working together, strengthening the fringe community and improving fringe festivals across the globe.
The 2018 Fringe World Congress will take place during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, it will take place 16 - 20 August 2018.
Who runs the Fringe World Congress?The first Fringe World Congress was hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society in 2012. The Edinburgh Fringe continues to manage the general planning of the Congress, and provides assistance to guest Fringes who are chosen to host the Congress.
How often does the Fringe World Congress take place?The Fringe World Congress takes place every two years. In 2012 and 2014 it was hosted by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and in 2016 it was hosted by the Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montreal and the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF).
I'm not associated with an active Fringe festival. Can I still attend the Congress?The Fringe World Congress welcomes anyone interested in learning more about creating a Fringe festival. When completing the Delegate Registration Form, you can choose to indicate that you are not applying on behalf of a particular festival.