It was great to be back in Edinburgh in 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 released here for 2022 in May, and we'll be back in many more venues just like the before times -
If you are a performer you can apply now to perform with us at the 2022 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.
In 2021 we had 653 performances of 62 shows across our venues and online - with many extending runs due to popularity. And we look forward to getting back to many 1000s of performances 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.
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 Can' shows will return in 2022
'Pay What You Can' Ticketing for shows - Where you can book tickets direct with the Fringe Box Offce in advance to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue to chance getting in for free, will return in 2022.
This new method of entry was introduced in 2021 to be COVID safe and turned out to hugely succesfull and popular with both audiences and performers.
There will also be Free and Unticketed shows - Where you just turn up first-come-first-served. The performers in each show will decide which entry method they'd like to use and we'll have all the information on this website and at our venues as well as in the main Fringe programme.
As always 100% of the ticket price or donations for each shows goes directly to the performer, which helps them benefit as much as possible from what audiences can give to them, after a tough couple of years for performers and show producers.
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 of just over 650 performances and some social distancing.
And now we are planning to pull out all the stops and be back in full force in 2022 for an amazing Free Fringe Festival with (hopefully) no restrictions... So keep August 2022 in your diary - 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