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Let's Fringe Again

Welcome to the Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival - and Thank You!

We were very happy to be back in August 2021, and we had an amazing year back in Edinburgh!

Amazingly, just over 47,000 people came through our doors on 'Pay What You Want' tickets during August - this was ticketing we did to #FringeSafely during COVID times... We also had thousands more get in for free and donate at the end to fill up the remainng space. Thank you so much for getting out there to see shows and support our artists.

And we can't wait to get ready for 2022 - We'll be back in Edinburgh next year, August 4th to 28th, 2022, hopefully with many more shows - many more venues returning and a much more normal Fringe!

Keep an on this website for updates!


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It was great to be back in Edinburgh - August 6th to 30th, 2021!

The programme on this website is the shows we had running in August 2021... bringing art, entertainment and laughter to you from five Edinburgh venues - and direct to your living rooms with online events too.

We'll have a great new programme here for 2022, and if you are a performer we'll be opening applications at the end of 2021 for next year's Fringe.

Laughing Horse Free Festival is one of the biggest comedy producers at the Fringe - and don't forget we also have cabaret, theatre, music, children's shows and more.

This year we had 653 performances of 62 shows across our venues and online - with many extending runs due to popularity. We look forward to getting Fringing again on the streets of Edinburgh in 2022!

Would you like Free Fest shows in YOUR venue?

If you have a venue in central Edinburgh, and would like to host Fringe shows we are looking for extra venues for 2022 - click here to find out more about all of the benefits of hosting shows.

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Best in Free: Best of the Fringe

With award winners and nominees, over many years we've had critically acclaimed Fringes, alongside a bucket-load of four and five-star reviewed shows.

This means our shows are free and also some of the best of the Fringe - while we allow performers and audiences experience the freedom too, with a chance to experiment and enjoy, just without the huge costs! Just what the Fringe should be!

Pay What you Want & COVID Safety in 2021

Book Tickets for the shows you'd like to see this year to guarantee entry - Use the links on this site to book direct with the Fringe Box Offce. Or you can still turn up at the venue to chance getting in, and making a volountary donation at the end.

Ticketing shows this year helps us keep everyone safe by controling capacity and lets the venues know who is coming to organise distanced seating in groups - so we'd prefer you to book! (And having a ticket you also know you'll get in with reduced capacities!)

And all of the ticket price for this advanced donation goes to the performer, which helps them too after a tough 18 months of restrictions.

Free Fringe Festival shows in Edinburgh
653 Performances, 62 Shows

In 2019 we had over 9,000 performances of 400 shows... and then COVID happened!

In 2020, we kept the Free Festival going online, and we were so happy to be back in venues for 2021 - even with a much smaller programme that is only possible in venues that are large enough for social distancing.

We hope you enjoyed this years programme - and we look forward to being back in full force again in 2022 with (hopefully) no restrictions... It's going to be huge!

Running the Free Festival costs a lot of Money

Some of this money is recouped through sponsorship & advertising. If you would like to contribute and help keep these venues free for performers and audiences click here