Founded in 2002 by Dan Lerner and Guardian journalist Helen Pidd, Fest was launched with the goal of bringing a fresh editorial voice to the crowded Festival market. Over the course of ten festivals, it has grown steadily to become the largest magazine covering the Edinburgh Festivals.
Fest publishes six magazines in total – a chunky preview guide in July, which serves as a handbook for the whole of the festival; and five festival issues packed full of reviews and features which hits the streets every Tuesday and Friday during the Fringe. We print 125,000 magazines over the summer, which means you can find Fest pretty much anywhere in Edinburgh. We even have a 8-strong street team handing out copies, just in case.
Fest has built up a formidable journalistic reputation at the Festivals and for the past three years Fest writers have taken home either one or both of the prestigious Allen Wright Awards for Arts Journalism. This year our writing team is stronger than ever. We've worked hard to recruit some of the most exciting and well-regarded arts journalists in the country, including Julian Hall, Edd McCracken, Matt Trueman, Yasmin Sulaiman, Jay Richardson, Peter Geoghegan and Malcolm Jack.
We have assembled a number of successful partnerships at the Fringe, including a long-standing association with Amnesty International. Together we produce the much-loved comics vs. critics football match - a gruelling showdown of epic proportions - as well as jointly supporting the Freedom of Expression Award. This year we are also proud to announce partnerships with Big-4 venues Assembly and Underbelly and The Princes Trust
Sam Friedman, Publisher