The festive season is a time for thinking of others and reflecting back on the past 12 months. We all know it's been a challenging year for people working in the arts and cultural sector, for us, and the many artists and venues who rely on it. 2020 was the first time in its 73-year history that a Fringe did not take place in Edinburgh. We didn't get to experience the extraordinary, see the spectacular or let our imaginations run wild. And we missed it. Please support the Fringe Society this Christmas, as we try to rebuild for 2021.
Who are we?
The Fringe Society is a charity that was established by artists in 1958 to support creativity; this is needed more than ever as the people whose livelihoods have been demolished during the pandemic struggle to rebuild.
The Fringe is an incredible platform for artists to tell their stories and reach an enthusiastic audience – ie people like you! We also understand the need for audiences to get back to enjoying the things in life they love, whether that's in person or online. We need your help to get the festival back in 2021.
Survival, stabilisation and strengthening
Following the news that the Fringe would not go ahead as planned, and throughout the summer months, we've received overwhelming support from our audiences, Fringe Angels, Patrons and Friends, as well as invaluable ongoing support from City of Edinburgh Council and a loan from the Scottish Government.
Since then, we've been doing everything we can to help ensure the Fringe survives, stabilises and strengthens. The challenges have been tough, but we are determined to continue to fight to save the Fringe for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.
With continued uncertainty around when live events might return, we need to raise £250,000 over the next year, in addition to our normal fundraising activities. We’re going to need some extra help to make this happen, which is why we're asking you to help us raise the first £25,000 of this funding gap.
Your donation to our Fringemas Fundraiser will support the Fringe Society's infrastructure to return in 2021, helping the city’s vital arts community and doing your bit to help bring the streets of Edinburgh back to life in 2021 with performances across the city and online.
A perfect stocking-filler for the Fringe fan in your life this Christmas, our Fringe baubles can brighten up even the smallest of festive firs. In addition to looking great on your Christmas tree, all proceeds from our Fringe baubles will go directly to helping us survive into 2021. You can purchase them individually or in sets of three.
Please make sure you select the correct reward for your posting location so that the Fringe Elves packing and posting your festive treats have the right details.
Please note, we'll try our hardest to get the baubles to you before Christmas. However, as a result of ongoing UK-wide measures in response to Covid-19, your delivery may take longer to arrive than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
As well as our festive baubles, you can enter our raffles for your chance to win some fabulous festive rewards, including:
- a limited-edition Hamilton film poster signed by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
- signed books from comedian and author Adam Kay
- a signed CD from Fringe stalwart and musician Camille O’Sullivan
- a signed book from comedian Joe Lycett
- a Baby Reindeer script signed by performer Richard Gadd
- Taskmaster goodies signed by Alex Horne
- a signed copy of Fringe comedy star Russell Howard's ‘Recalibrate’ vinyl
- an incredible orange suit worn by Fringe goddess Bryony Kimmings.
- a prize bundle from Jason Donovan, including signed programmes and two tickets and a meet and greet (depending on current government guidelines) to his 2021 UK tour, Even More Good Reasons.
Connecting young people in Edinburgh with the arts has been at the core of our work for decades, and we’ve kept this going in 2020, with workshops in schools to develop creativity skills in learners and encourage participation in the arts.
We've also continued working with local community groups, ensuring the arts are available to those who might normally face barriers to taking part.
We are committed to creating a more accessible and inspirational Fringe in order to foster a lifelong passion for the arts among Scotland’s young people and communities, and champion creative learning in our schools and colleges.
- Buying a set of three Fringe baubles could pay for a Fringe play pack for a classroom.
- Donating £100 could pay for a class to receive a workshop from a Fringe artist.
- Donating £250 could help support an artist to work within some of the many communities we work with across the city.
Thank you for your support! We hope you have a tree-mendous festive period, however you're celebrating, and we ho-ho-hope to see you back in Edinburgh soon.
Fringemas fundraiser raffle terms and conditions
- The promoter is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society (Registered Charity SC002995) whose registered office is at 180 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, United Kingdom.
- The competition starts on the day the Fringemas fundraiser is launched and will end at 12:00:00 on 17 December 2020. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
- The prize winner will be selected at random from the eligible entries within 30 working days of the survey closing date.
- Employees of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
- By entering the competition, you give consent for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to use your name and any other personal details you provide for promotional/marketing purposes.
- To be eligible for the prize draw, entrants must pledge a donation to a raffle reward on the Fringemas fundraiser only. Donations made without selecting a raffle reward are not eligible to be entered into the raffle.
- ·The prizes are:
- limited-edition Hamilton poster signed by Lin Manuel Miranda
- three signed books (This is Going to Hurt, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas and Dear NHS) from Adam Kay
- a signed CD from Camille O’Sullivan
- a signed book from Joe Lycett
- a Baby Reindeer script signed by Richard Gadd.
- Taskmaster goodies signed by Alex Horne
- a signed copy of Russell Howard's ‘Recalibrate’ vinyl
- a suit worn by Bryony Kimmings
- A DVD copy of War Of The Worlds, 2 x signed gig programmes, 1x Joseph programme from 1991,1 x signed Gigantor JasonDonovanArt print, 2 x tickets / meet and greet (depending on government guidelines) to Even More Good Reasons tour 2021 from Jason Donovan.
- Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
- The Fringe Society will contact the winner by email. If the winner cannot be contacted within 30 days of the close of the Crowdfunder, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society reserves the right to offer the prize to another eligible entrant. The prizes will be distributed in January 2021 by the appropriate postage method.
- The winner may be required to show proof of identity. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
- All entries must be made directly by the competition entrant.
- Multiple entries will be accepted.
- The competition is in no way associated with, sponsored or endorsed by Crowdfunder or any other social media site where the competition is promoted.
- Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be disqualified without discussion.
- Confirmation of the prize and instructions for delivery will be made to the winner by email via the email address provided on the raffle entry.
- The random selection of the competition winner made by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is final and no correspondence will be entered into over this decision.
- The Fringe Society reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
- The Fringe Society is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party.
- By entering this competition, the entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
- No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable. The prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute a prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
- The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.