The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access festival and the largest arts festival in the world, taking place for three weeks every August. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows of every genre. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, variety, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

The Society is the organisation that underpins the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The founding principle at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - to be an open-access arts event that accommodates anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them - still regulates the work of the Society today. It is the Fringe Society’s policy that no single individual or committee determines who can or cannot perform at the Fringe.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has three core objectives:

Provide support

To provide support, advice and encouragement to all the amazing artists, producers and venues who create the Fringe each year.

Assist the audience

To assist the audiences who come to Edinburgh by helping to navigate what's on offer with comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date information and ticketing.

Promote the festival

To promote the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to the rest of the world.