16th June 2021
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021 Announces Registration Dates and Plans

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021 Announces Registration Dates and Plans TheatreArtLife
By Michelle Sciarrotta

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021 has announced the exciting news that registration will be open for artists and venues from Wednesday 5th May.

The announcement

The official statement on the Edinburgh Fringe website explained:

Artists and venues will be able to register Fringe shows right up until the end of the festival. The Fringe’s world-class programme will be available to browse and book at edfringe.com, with tickets going on sale for audiences in early summer.

As Scotland navigates its roadmap out of lockdown, much is still unknown about what the Fringe will look like this August. However, a range of scenarios are being prepared for, from socially distanced live events to digital offerings.

The Fringe Society is supporting artists and audiences to find and book work online across a range of platforms, including the brand-new Fringe Player. This online platform aims to bring some festival magic into homes across the world, while providing a secure platform for artists, companies and venues to host their shows. The platform is available to any registered 2021 Fringe show or venue to use if they wish.

Any live performance registered as part of the 2021 Fringe will be expected to adhere to public health guidance from the Scottish Government.

Audiences can search, browse and buy tickets to both online and in-person work through edfringe.com. More details on individual shows and Fringe 2021 will be available in early summer.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Fringe Society, said:

“We’re delighted to be able to open registration for 2021. Of course, we’re still very much in planning mode as we await further updates from the Scottish Government, but this feels like a hugely positive step in the right direction.

“Through the work being created across the various digital platforms, including the Fringe Player, artists have a brilliant opportunity to reach audiences and communities all over the world. I look forward to seeing how our Fringe creatives use these platforms in 2021 and beyond.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will take place from 06 – 30 August 2021. 

What this means for artists and visitors

While the announcement is extremely positive and exciting for the UK’s Arts and entertainment industry after a year-long closure that meant we missed the 2020 festival, there are still a few unknowns.

The organisers acknowledge that until we know more about Scotland’s progress in reopening between now and the summer, and what the country’s specific government guidance will recommend at this point of time, it’s impossible to know what the festival will entail in 2021. While plans for the festival are by no means set in stone, the website explains:

“The Fringe will return from 06 to 30 August 2021. We’re still working on *exactly* what it’ll look like.

It’s still too early to say exactly what the festival will look like in 2021. We will take our lead from official guidance as we continue to plan for the 2021 Fringe with the health and safety of our participants and audiences in mind.”

Stay in the loop

Whether you’re a seasoned Fringe veteran or interested in visiting for the first time, be the first to know the latest Fringe updates by signing up to receive our emails updates or through our social media channels.

Please note: except during the Fringe our social media channels are monitored during our office hours: 10:00 – 18:00, Monday – Friday.

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