Fringe Central events programme to be launched by Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances-White

Fringe Central events programme to be launched by Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances-White

Other highlights include a discussion with drag superstar Courtney Act and a panel on the State of Arts Criticism

Writer, comedian and host of popular podcast The Guilty Feminist, Deborah Frances-White, will deliver the Fringe Central Welcome Address on Fri 3 Aug. The welcome address officially opens the Fringe for 2018 and celebrates the 10th anniversary of Fringe Central – the Fringe Society's centre for performers, venues, media and arts industry professionals attending the Fringe.

This year the Fringe Central events programme is the biggest the organisation has seen and features 125 free professional development sessions throughout the month of August, including networking events, panel discussions, and debates. Event highlights include The State of Arts Criticism (15 Aug, 11.30am), which reflects on how criticism at the Fringe has changed in recent years; Dragging You into the Mainstream (9 Aug, 2.30pm), an event that includes a panel discussion and a 'provocation' from Australian drag performer and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 winner, Courtney Act; and A Mentally Well Fringe (10, 17 & 24 Aug, times vary) which offers Fringe participants help with mental wellbeing. To mark Scotland's Year of the Young People, they have worked with a panel of three young people from across Scotland to develop the programme.

Deborah has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ten times, making her stand-up debut in 2006, and her address will share her personal experiences as a Fringe performer. Her podcast has since reached 30 million downloads and her first film as a screenwriter, Say My Name, was filmed last year.

She said: 'The Fringe is an adventure playground of ideas, a marvellous meshing of minds and the largest, most animated anthology of the human spirit and self-expression in the world. I look forward to giving the Fringe Central Welcome Address the same way an athlete would look forward to opening the Olympic Games – only with more jokes.'

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, also commented: 'I am delighted that Deborah is delivering the Fringe Central Welcome Address this year. This address is always one of the must-see events in the Fringe Central Events Programme, and I'm sure artists will be inspired by Deborah's experience as a performer, writer, and broadcaster. I look forward to hearing her hilarious and thought-provoking observations on the Fringe and her career.'

The Fringe Central is situated at Appleton Tower and will be open from Mon 30 Jul--Mon 27 Aug.

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