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Performers - Applications are now open for the 2017 Free Festival. Click here for details of our venues for 2017, how it all works and how to apply.

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The Free Festival will be back in 2017 - August 3rd-27th! (plus extra kids festival beforehand from July 30th). Our 2017 Programme will launch at the end of May 2017, as we are currently busy programming the venues for August. If you are a performer, click here to apply to take part in 2017!

Currently this website contains the shows that we had across our venues last Fringe, in August 2016.  

We had some new exciting venues for you to choose from (there'll be more in 2017!), and a another big selection of the very best free shows - with the usual massive comedy selection, along with three brand new music stages, some fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word a walking tour and some busking. As always there was so much to choose from!

We hope to follow the success of 2016 in 2017, our shows and performers won or where nominated for numerous awards, an amazing recognition of our programming. We have started the performer application process now, and this will keep going for a few months. It's a big job finding 350 fabulous free Fringe shows! 

We had a hugely critically acclaimed Fringe last year, with a huge bucket-load of five-star reviewed shows and even more four star reviewed shows - which proves 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!

Do check out our programme using the calendar or search tool on the left of this page to see what was on in 2016, and we hope to see you in Edinburgh through the Fringe month of August again next year! 

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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