About Skeptics on the Fringe

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Skeptics on the Fringe is entering its fifth year, making it the longest-running and most varied festival of free Skepticism in the world.


We were proud to win Skeptic Magazine’s 2013 Ockham Award for Skeptical Outreach.

What is it?

We present a different free talk every evening promoting Science, Reason and Critical Thinking during the three weeks of the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in August.


SotF exists to serve three broad principles:

  • Reaching audiences that don’t normally identify as Skeptics

Festival season in Edinburgh helps us attract people who would never think of attending a named Skeptics in the Pub style event and our audience varies from night to night,  attracting people interested in the particular topic, “returners” who enjoyed previous talks and our “regulars” who attend throughout the year.

  • Supporting grassroots skepticism

We strive to strike a balance between “big name” speakers who are well known, academics who are true experts in their fields, and grassroots skeptics who are just starting to give talks.

  • Lowering the barrier for entry

All Skeptics on the Fringe events are free and always have been.  All someone needs to attend our events is an enquiring mind or interest in the topic. No one profits from our Fringe events but Skepticism as a whole.

Skeptics on the Fringe 2014

This year we offer A Slice of Reason  with your Cup of Fringe.

Talks cover a wide range of topics where evidence is key to understanding, including history and politics which are often outside the usual skeptical line-up.

Our speakers are a mix of the stars of the skeptical world, academics and specialists, and grassroots speakers from local Skeptics in the Pub societies.


Skeptics Queuing outside the Banshee Labyrinth