Catch the Bath Bus in Edinburgh!


Catch the Bath Bus in Edinburgh!

The Theatre Bath Bus will be attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and is looking for theatre, music and comedy shows to join them.

They are particularly keen to support companies who have a connection with the Bath or Bristol area and we will look to offer deals for those companies.

The Theatre Bath Bus is a unique, mobile, creative venue built in a converted single-decker bus. We have a small stage (2.3m wide by 1.9m deep) with comfortable bench seating for 24 people. An LED lighting rig and full sound system are in place as well. And there is also a projector and screen should performers wish to use it.

”We plan to be in Edinburgh for the entire 24 days of the festival and we would love for you to be involved with us.”

The Theatre Bath Bus will be officially uploaded as a venue in November when artists and companies can request to book slots, but they are interested in hearing now from anyone who may wish to perform with us at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Anyone interested is requested to email them at: [email protected] with ‘(Your Name/Organisation) Edinburgh Fringe 2018’ in the subject box. They just ask that you tell them a bit about you, your company and what it is you wish to perform on the Theatre Bath Bus in the body of your email.

Happy Bonfire Night!

To celebrate Bonfire Night, we thought we would show you a few fireworks from August! Enjoy and stay safe!

Edinburgh Fringe launches fair pay consultation

Edinburgh Fringe organisers have launched an online poll on working conditions at official venues as part of a drive to ensure staff are “legally and fairly” paid.

They have urged people to respond honestly to the survey, insisting it will “inform the response and actions of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as a promoter of best practice”.

The Fair Fringe campaign – which claimed many workers were not issued with contracts and were unaware of their employment rights – has been backed by leading performers, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the city council.

It was been claimed that some Fringe staff were being paid as little as £200 for six weeks’ work, with some staff having to work for 12 hours or more without a break. Venues have been accused of taking on people as young as 16, and treating them as volunteers or work experience interns.

Leaders of the Fair Fringe campaign want all workers to be paid the Living Wage of £8.45 an hour. Other demands include a ban on zero hours contracts and unpaid “trial” shifts, plus providing rest breaks and paid transport home after midnight. The Fringe Society said it wanted to build an “unbiased and comprehensive picture” of working conditions across the festival over the last two years. It has urged front-of-house, box office, bar staff and even security guards to take part in the survey, which is being carried out for the Fringe by the arts research company Culture Republic.

The Fringe Society website stated:

”Our aim is always for those who choose to be involved in the Fringe, in whatever capacity, to have the best experience possible and we will continue to work closely with Fringe venues, companies and workers to promote a fair and positive working environment for all.”

Fringe poster competition launched for Scotland’s schoolchildren

Champion artist Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng has helped the Edinburgh Fringe Society launch the 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition. Schoolchildren from across Scotland are invited to submit their artistic impressions of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through any form of creative art, with three winning entries to feature as the official posters for the 2018 Fringe. The deadline for entries is Friday 09 March 2018.
Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng is an illustrator and live drawing artist from Glasgow. SHe has created artworks for the likes of the Hidden Door Festival, Urban Outfitters and Chemikal Underground Records.

Launching the 2018 competition, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng said:

I am thrilled to act as champion artist for the 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for students across Scotland to engage in design and expression. The competition encourages imaginative minds to action their creativity and ideas, using any artform that appeals to them. I’m really looking forward to seeing the diverse, inventive and original works that Scotland’s schoolchildren produce, reflecting their impressions of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:“The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is a fantastic opportunity for the Fringe to engage with schools across Scotland, encouraging children to express themselves creatively and helping them develop as individuals and successful learners. Every year the quality and variety of entries we receive is astounding, demonstrating the exceptional talents of Scotland’s schoolchildren and providing an insight into their unique perceptions of the Fringe.

Following the relaunch of the competition for 2017, there was a remarkable increase in the number of schools participating, with more than half of schools entering the competition for the first time. We hope to see a huge response from schools across Scotland again in 2018, and I look forward to being inspired by the designs submitted.”

Postal entries for the Fringe Schools Poster Competition should be sent to: Schools Poster Competition, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS no later than 17:00 Friday 09 March 2018.

Online entries can be submitted by visiting

The competition is open to all Primary 1 to Senior 6 pupils at schools in Scotland. Full details of the competition along with the entry pack, prize information and learning resources can be downloaded at


Dates for the 2018 Fringe released

The dates for the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe have been confirmed as 3rd to 27th August 2018. As hotels get booked up weeks in advance, best pencil in the dates to your diary and to-do list now!

3rd – 27th August 2018


Commemorative Fringe tartan to celebrate 70th anniversary unveiled

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe unveiled its very own tartan to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fringe this August.
The tartan, which was woven in Scotland by Ingles Buchan (Textiles) Ltd., was designed by Brian Wilton MBE, who is frequently referred to as Scotland’s ‘Tartan Ambassador’ and widely recognised as one of the world’s leading tartan designers.

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

“I am delighted to present the Edinburgh Festival Fringe tartan in this special year for the Fringe

as we celebrate 70 years of defying the norm. This colourful and exciting

tartan represents our extraordinary festival and the special design reflects the bright, bold, creative spirit of the Fringe, the wonderful, historic city of Edinburgh and the eight theatre companies who ignited the Fringe flame back in 1947.”


A range of products featuring the unique tartan design, including scarves, ties, purses, wallets and luggage tags, is available to purchase in store from the edfringe shop. Fringe tartan ties

Welcome to the Edinburgh Fringe .COM

A very warm Scottish welcome to our new site! Fàilte!

Perhaps you have been to every single Fringe over the last 70 years. Perhaps August 2018 will be your first visit. The Fringe changes programme year-by-year, and Fringe trends are created overnight when the Festival is in full swing.

That’s where we come in!

Want to join in?

So you don’t miss out on any of the news in the run up to the Fringe, why not follow us on Twitter @fringeedinburgh or sign up for news alerts?

If you are planning on performing at the 2018 Fringe, why not get in touch? We welcome contributions from artists, comedians, musicians and all the wonderful talented artists who will be performing in 2018. Perhaps you have an interesting journey to Edinburgh or this is your first Fringe? Maybe you just have a great show and can’t wait to let everyone know about it? Send us an email and let us know!


We also plan on giving visitors lots of tips and tricks to make your trip to Edinburgh more enjoyable. Look out for articles in the ‘visiting Edinburgh’ section.

Can I advertise with you?

Edinburgh has many perfect backdrops for your advertising

We welcome partners wanting to advertise with us. Please use the contact form to get in touch or send us an email


Foil Arms and Hog’s guide to Performing at the Edinburgh Fringe

One of our  perennial Fringe favourites, Foil Arms and Hog, give their take on what it takes to perform at the Fringe.

Loving the bin diving lads!