Creative Carbon Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Creative Carbon Scotland has a long history of contributing to several sustainability initiatives at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: one of Edinburgh's major Festivals, and the largest arts festival in the world. Find out more about past collaborations and future work below.

The Fringe Guides to Sustainability

We’ve helped the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to produce guides to support and advise companies and venues taking part in the Festival. Covering everything from publicity and travel advice, to tips for working in venues and communicating to effectively to contractors, the guide is essential for those planning a show, in preparation for arriving in Edinburgh, and whilst undertaking a production in the city.

Current handbooks and advice can be found on the EdFringe website, including:




The Fringe Swap Shop

On the final days of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Carbon Scotland helps to signpost the Fringe Swap Shop, which invites companies and individuals participating in the festival to bring good quality props, costumes and set materials to be reused by other productions or members of the local community. While the dropping off of items is limited to companies and individuals participating in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the collecting and reusing of items from the Swap Shop is open to anyone, and can be an excellent opportunity to acquire free wood, stage props and fabric, amongst other materials. Participants can contact Fringe Central or to find out more about what can be donated.

In previous years we have undertaken data collection, reporting and recording of the event. See the comments from Zero Waste Scotland in 2018, the case study of 2017 Swap Shop, the 2014 Swap Shop report.

The Green Arts Initiative

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Our Green Arts Initiative is part of our year-round work supporting Scottish-based venues, companies, agencies and other cultural organisations to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainability. We also open up membership to organisations hosting venues as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All Edinburgh Festival Fringe venues who are members of the Green Arts Initiative have a ‘badge’ on their listing to highlight their commitment to audience members. Some examples include Assembly Hall, Pleasance Courtyard and Greenside!

The Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

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From 2011-2017, together with the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, we co-hosted the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. This award sought to incentivise and reward companies producing shows which excelled at environmental sustainability in form and content, and which were performed at the festival. More information about the award can be found on our project page.

Current Work and Activities at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Creative Carbon Scotland does not regularly programme work or activities at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but does sometimes host opportunities, blogs, initiatives and events during or connected to the festival. For more information about what we currently do:

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About Creative Carbon Scotland

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