The Asian Arts Award was founded in 2014 to promote Asian artists and art forms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Fringe participants can nominate themselves for entry into the Awards if they fulfil one of the following criteria:
- The applicant is of Asian origin.
- The applicant is working in the field of Asian arts.
- The performance is inspired by an Asian theme or genre.
- The performance has a strong and clear link with Asian culture, eg an adaptation of a classic Asian story.
(Please note: no stand-up comedy.)
The Awards are divided into five categories – Best Production, Best Performance, Best Director, Best Comedy and Best Show – and the judges are looking for acts that display outstanding originality, creativity and innovation in their work.
The award has gained recognition year on year, and attributes this to the increasing number of Asian performing groups that choose the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as the location for their global premieres.