The Free Festival is back in Edinburgh

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The Free Fringe Festival is back in Edinburgh – August 6th to 30th, 2021!

With a brand new programme of Edinburgh Fringe Shows… bringing you art, entertainment and laughter to you from four Edinburgh venues – and direct to your living rooms with online events too.

The Free Festival began in 2004, when Laughing Horse Comedy promoters Alex Petty and Kevin McCarron started to run and produce shows at Linsay’s venue just outside of central Edinburgh.

Since then, the Free Festival programme of shows has expanded very rapidly, with their free format becoming ever more popular each year. The first nominee for the main comedy awards was a Free Festival show, and over the years the number of awards winners and five-star rated shows has shot up to be on a par with paid venues. But the Fringe is not all about award winners, it still remains true to its roots by supporting and helping newcomers and new ideas – that is what a Fringe is really about.

Now the Free Festival has 19 venues and more than 30 performance spaces, encompassing venues managed by both Laughing Horse, new company ‘Heroes of the Fringe’ and independent shows and producers.

“Thanks to some last-minute COVID rule changes and speedy programming, we are now ready to share with you our in-venue shows this year at The Counting House32 BelowFree Sisters and Hanover Tap.

We are the biggest comedy producer at the Fringe – and don’t forget we also have a huge programme of cabarettheatremusicchildren’s shows and more.

This year we have 653 performances of 62 shows across our venues and online…. so it’s finally time to get Fringing again on the streets of Edinburgh!”

Visit the site:

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 Office. Or you can still turn up at the venue to chance getting in, and making a voluntary donation at the end.

Ticketing shows this year helps the Fringe keep everyone safe by controlling capacity and lets the venues know who is coming in order to organise distanced seating in groups – so the organisers would 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.

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