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Article published 12/06/2024

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has launched the official 2024 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme today (12 June).

Once again, the programme celebrates the diverse selection of work at the Fringe, spanning genres and themes. 

What's on

This year’s programme features work from across 3,317 shows. Themes will tackle some of the most topical issues in the world today. From politics and current affairs to the environment; AI and technology to sport; LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse-led work to capitalism and the female experience.

This year's festival brings together performers from across the world, from homegrown Scottish talent to international artists travelling from near and far.

The Fringe is recognised as one of the most important cultural events on the planet, with performers from 58 countries appearing in Edinburgh this August.

The Fringe Society this year will also welcome Edinburgh International Film Festival to the Fringe community. The partnership will showcase their world-class programme of cinema across the city - including in Fringe venues - and allow audiences to experience work from the Fringe and Film festivals side-by-side.

Visit the official Fringe site to browse 2024 shows.

Performers and people posing for Fringe 2024 programme launch

Fringe 2024 programme launch (credit: Jess Shurte)

Street events

The world-famous Fringe street events, supported by EventScotland, will also take place in their usual home of the High Street and the Mound. They will feature international street performers and buskers, mingling with Fringe artists and other festival favourites to provide a fun and varied family-friendly experience. The street events will run daily from 2 to 26 August.

Through the Community Stage, there will be performance opportunities for schools and community groups from Edinburgh and the Lothians. This will take place on a Fringe stage on the High Street on 22 and 23 August

Street performances interpreted in British Sign Language will take place on 11, 17 and 22 August in West Parliament Square. 

Find out more on the Fringe website, including daily listings for street performers and how you can take part.

Aerial view of a busy city street

Royal Mile during the Fringe (credit: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam)

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a key part of Scotland’s enviable portfolio of annual events and festivals. This year’s programme is once again packed full of a diverse range of shows covering many genres and themes, offering something for everyone to come and enjoy.

Events are an important part of our communities. With its atmospheric crowds and iconic venues, the Fringe offers the perfect stage to connect, enjoy and share a memorable event experience.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events

Community engagement

The Fringe Society will also deliver a range of community engagement and is committed to improving access to the Fringe. Through a number of projects, the ambition is to ensure the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is as accessible to as many people as possible. 

Unique venues

As always, shows are popping up in unique and surprising spaces around Edinburgh and beyond during August. As well as their new year-round home Hootanannies @ Home Street, Hootenannies have introduced yurts, hosting over 30 shows.

C alto is a new venue for C Arts at the Quaker Meeting House. Pleasance have introduced a new space, Grotowski Institute at Pleasance at EICC for three shows and The Hibernian Supporters Club, local Edinburgh social club, joins the Fringe as a venue.

PBH’s Free Fringe @ Little Plaza is a new space for children’s shows in a year round play café while No. 11 Boutique Hotel and Brasserie is a new venue near Easter Road.

People reading Fringe programme

Fringe 2024 programme launch (credit: Jess Shurte)

Revealing the programme is such an exciting moment for everyone involved in the Fringe, and we encourage audiences to jump right in, book some things that you know you will love, and take a chance on something new.

The Fringe programme is bursting with every kind of performance, so whether you’re excited for theatre or cabaret, or the best of comedy, music, dance, children’s shows, magic or circus; get ready to unleash your Fringe this August and experience the creativity, excitement and passion artists bring to Edinburgh every year.

Thank you to everyone who has a hand in making the Fringe happen. To artists, venues, workers, producers, technicians, promoters and support staff, we appreciate you and hope you have a fantastic Fringe. Thank you to Edinburgh’s local business community for your support; to Scotland’s residents who come out in their thousands, and to all audiences who keep the Fringe buzz alive by coming to see work. Bring on August!

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

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