About Festival ’21

We’re excited to finally welcome audiences back to live events at Summerhall this August. We’re so proud of this year’s programme, and whether you’re joining us in-person or digitally, we can’t wait to share it with you.

Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Frequently Asked Questions

To find out more about how this year’s Summerhall Festival will work, and for any ticketing enquiries, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Please check back here regularly, and certainly on the day that you plan to visit Summerhall,  as this is where we will post updated information about any changes or  new information.

Health and Safety

We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming space for every member of our audience, and so will be implementing with the following safety measures:

  • Tickets sold in seated household bubbles of 1, 2, or 4 people.
  • 1 metre distancing between audience members at all times, including when queueing.
  • Mandatory mask-wearing for all staff and audience members (unless exempt).
  • Regular deep cleaning by Summerhall staff and professional cleaning company Daybreak.
  • One-way routes across the site.
  • All events taking place outdoors.

If you have any specific concerns about your safety at Summerhall this August, please get in touch.

To view our Covid-19-specific risk assessment, click here.

Our Supporters

This year’s Festival would not be possible without the incredible generosity of our Crowdfunder supporters. Over 34 days, their kind donations raised £40,624 to help Summerhall survive the pandemic, and build back towards a better, fairer, more sustainable Fringe in 2021 and beyond.

Find out more about Our Crowdfunder Backers.

We have also been awarded £166,780 from the Scottish Government and City of Edinburgh Council to help fund outdoor events and support the safe return of live events at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.


We are committed to ensuring that Summerhall is as accessible as possible to everyone, and all areas in use during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 are fully accessible. If you have any specific access questions, please visit our Accessibility page.


We’re excited to announce that Eclipse Award 2020 winners Initiative.dkf are bringing their show Ludala Collection to Summerhall’s Fringe programme this year! The Eclipse Award aims to help UK Black artists and other artists who are also marginalised for their race, and who make boundary-pushing performance work, to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run. Find out more.