The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Fri 5 – Mon 29 Aug 2016, various venues.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, with a huge and varied programme spanning over three weeks of comedy, cabaret, theatre, music, dance and art. It takes place each August alongside the International Festival, Art Festival, Book Festival, Military Tattoo and more .. making Edinburgh one of the most vibrant and exciting places to visit during the summer.
The Festival Fringe is the largest of 12 annual events that collectively make up the ‘Edinburgh Festival’. Some visitors get confused between the International Festival and Fringe Festival as they are both held in August, but they are run by different organisations and actually have very different purposes. The International Festival aims to showcase arts of the highest standard, and therefore is very particular in which acts it includes. The Fringe was set up in 1947 as a reaction to this, by allowing anyone to put on show that wants to. Both formats work well and allow a diverse range of acts to perform in Edinburgh every year.
The aim of the Fringe is to give any performer the opportunity to take part, so there is no selection committee. This means that visitors can choose from a packed programme of well-known established names, rising stars, brand new shows and experimental acts. This diversity and unpredictability is one of the things that makes the Fringe so special. So, don’t just stick to what you know, take a chance on something new and who knows what you might discover!
During August the whole city of Edinburgh is transformed into a festival venue. Individual shows take place in every type of building you can think of – theatres, pubs, restaurants, lecture theatres, offices, schools, buses, swimming pools, giant upside-down cows(!) and so much more. Outdoors you’ll find street performance, live music, food and drink, markets – come rain or shine.
It is difficult to describe the amazing atmosphere of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s something you MUST experience for yourself!
The full programme for 2016 is available now. To browse the shows and purchase tickets visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society website.