Welcome to the Universal Arts Festival Fringe website


Another Fringe completed – our  26th year – and we remain at the heart of it, the biggest live arts festival in the world. 


This year at New Town Theatre we brought you spectacular shows from India, Mexico, China, Spain, USA, Australia, Romania, Canada and Finland alongside stunning new work from England and Scotland. We garnered lots of four and five-star reviews and some great audiences for shows from morning to night. The History of Music won a special editorial award from ThreeWeeks and Ticket to Bollywood won for Best Director at the Asian Arts Awards.




Our new garden-bar and seating area outside the venue proved a huge success, thanks to the Famous Grouse and their support and sponsorship. Together we hope we made our award-winning venue an even better place to spend the Fringe.


The garden is now gone and the venue is turned once more into Freemasons' Hall for another eleven months. Fringe 2016 dates are 5-29 August – if you want to be part of it then it's never to soon to get in touch. We are already making plans ...


We hope to see you next August...



Universal Arts Festival 2015 was sponsored by 





“Universal Arts is a crucial part of the fabric of the Fringe, bringing music, theatre and dance from all over the world” The Herald


We are international producers, agents and promoters based in Edinburgh. We programme and manage the NEW TOWN THEATRE in the Grade 1 listed Freemasons' Hall, one of the most beautiful venues in the Festival.


“dedicated to quality” Daily Telegraph


“a long record of welcoming quality international work” The List


HERALD ARCHANGEL AWARD WINNERS 2009 for 20-year track record of top international theatre at the Fringe


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Universal Arts Festival, Productions, Agency and Consultancy work and lots more on our main website – click here.


BBC Radio 4 star LACH joins UA to produce shows at Fringe 2016. The founder of Antifolk music and arts, host of New York City’s The Antihoot and executive producer of NYC’s largest nightclub, Webster Hall, LACH says "expect some legends and a lot of surprises... lots of well-known names but it’s the Fringe, so they’re going to be doing something a little unexpected"