Fringe Review of Year
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has published its Review of the Year 2021.
The review, published annually in February, typically reflects on the previous year’s Fringe and the year-round achievements of the Society, as well as reporting on their organisation-wide ambitions, innovations and developments.
Following the unprecedented disruption of 2020, the Fringe in 2021 was a step towards recovery, with in-person shows returning to the stages of Edinburgh alongside online events. It was still a difficult year however, and there remain many challenges to face, but there is pride in what they've managed to achieve, and look forward to the future with eager anticipation.
Amongst the key points in the 2021 Review:
- The safety of both artists and audiences was of foremost concern, and the Fringe worked tirelessly with venues and government to ensure guidelines for in-person shows were understood and safety measures in place.
- Online shows constituted nearly half of the 2021 Fringe programme, with audiences tuning in from 67 countries around the world.
- The Fringe ensured the festival maintained its reputation as a place where artists can meet with their peers and have their show seen by members of the arts industry, thanks to their digital platforms: Fringe Connect and Marketplace.
- The Fringe continued their longstanding work with local communities, breaking down barriers to engagement with the festival and providing Fringe artists with opportunities to perform around Edinburgh.