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Fringe Festival at St James Quarter


This year, we’re proud to partner with Essential Edinburgh in bringing you the best of the Fringe. From Friday 5th August you can pick from over 100 performances at St James Quarter, running every day from 11 to 11.

Chuckle the night away with some hilarious stand-up comedy, listen to your favourite BBC Radio shows and podcasts be recorded and broadcasted live in the Spiegeltent, be serenaded by street performances or enjoy some delicious street food from a range of local vendors - the best of the fest is all under one roof.

Don’t worry – all our fantastic bars, restaurants, shops, and activities will still be running, so you can always duck out for some dinner, drinks, games, or shopping.

Located in the heart of the city and connected to some of the most iconic streets in Edinburgh, St James Quarter has extended its Edinburgh Festival Fringe offering with shows taking place across several locations including: 

BBC – Spiegeltent - St James Square (8th-21st August 2022)

BBC will bring you a flavour of the best that the Festivals have to offer via your favourite BBC Radio shows and podcasts, which will be broadcast live and recorded in front of you as the audience. Not only will you be in the same room as your favourite presenters, you’ll also be able to catch some of the best acts and biggest names appearing at the Edinburgh Festivals.

BBC have a limited number of tickets remaining which will be distributed on a first come first saved basis. View the programme here:

Just The Tonic - Spiegeltent - St James Square (5th-28th August 2022)

In the evenings, Just The Tonic take over the Spiegeltent with their Spiegeltastic events, bringing you the hottest undiscovered talent at bargain prices with two hours of comedy gold and an Airstream Bar, guaranteed to make for a fun night.

View the programme & buy tickets here:

 Fringe Street Performances – Cathedral Square (5th-28th August 2022)

 The Fringe Society in partnership with TikTok will provide a ‘taster stage’, where artists from registered Fringe shows can perform short snippets of their shows, giving you a free taste of their performance. TikTok will live stream the performances from Cathedral Square, enabling artists to be found by digital audiences from around the world! With an all-day buzz guaranteed, Cathedral Square is a must visit for your Fringe day-out.

Fringe Central Hub – St James Quarter (1st – 29th August)

The new Fringe Central hub will deliver a tailored programme of activity for artists, industry and media, led by the Fringe Society team during the festival.

Opening from Monday 01 August to Monday 29 August, from 10:00 to 18:00, Fringe Central will offer support on all aspects of participating in the Fringe, as well as practical services for those visiting the Fringe, such as access to computers, printing, and free Wi-Fi. The Artist Support, Arts Industry, Artist Development and Media teams will be based within St James Quarter, by Leith Street, each with a view to helping those coming to the Fringe navigate their visit, and to offer a space to anyone with questions or needing a break.

The much-anticipated Fringe Central Events Programme will also bring career-building opportunities, panel discussions and networking, as well as 1-2-1 mental health first aid appointments provided by Space to Breathe from 9th – 19th August. Every event in the programme is free to registered Fringe participants, and the first batch of these is now available to browse and book on Fringe Connect, the Fringe Society’s online platform for artists and industry. 

Look out for more updates here, or on our social media channels, about upcoming events. Or just pop by! With everything you need to fire up your Fringe just two minutes walk from Princes St, the unexpected really is just round the Quarter