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Edinburgh Fringe Festival- World’s largest Art Festival


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  • Where is Edinburgh fringe festival celebrated?
  • What is Edinburgh fringe festival ?
  • History of Edinburgh fringe festival
  • Highlights of fringe festival
  • Where can you spot the fringe?
  • Where Can I buy tickets for the festival?
  • Fringe yourself and make way for the exciting festival

Where is Edinburgh festival celebrated?

The Edinburgh International Festival is an annual arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, spread over the final three weeks in August. Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital. It has a Gothic Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Materializing over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.

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What is Edinburgh fringe festival ?

Edinburgh fringe festival- The world’s greatest platform for creative freedom.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 different shows in 317 venues. It takes place every August. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a world-leading celebration of arts and culture, surpassed only by the Olympics and the World cup in terms of global ticketed events. According to its historian and former chairman of the board, Michael Dale- the Edinburgh fringe festival has done more to place Edinburgh in the forefront of world cities than anything else.

It is an open access performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, and anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorizes shows into sections for theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, circus, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions, and events. Comedy is the largest section, making up over one-third of the program, and the one that in modern times has the highest public profile, due in part to the Edinburgh comedy awards.

The Festival is supported by the Festival Fringe Society publishes the program, sells tickets to all events from a central physical box office and website, and offers year-round advice and support to performers. The Society’s permanent location is at the Fringe Shop on the Royal Mile, and in August they also manage Fringe Central, a separate collection of spaces in Appletown tower and other University of Edinburgh buildings.


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History of Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Festival Fringe story dates back to 1947, back when the Edinburgh International Festival was still in its beginning. Though they haven’t been invited to perform in the International Festival, eight theatre groups came up to Edinburgh anyway and put on their own productions outside the regular program. Hence instance shows became known as the “Fringe” of the festival – and the name stuck.

Consequently, more performers set their initial example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was formed. This formalized the existence of the growing collection of performances, provided information to artists, published a program, and brought it all together under a central box office. Anyone who wants to showcase secure a venue is welcome to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

If you are going to visit for the festival, be ready for a performance almost each and every meter you walk. It’s exciting yet a little immense!

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Highlights Of Fringe Festival

Budget-Friendly exploration? Enjoying the Edinburgh Festival Fringe needn’t hunch on the pockets. There are shows which offer two for one ticket which will be on the first Monday and Tuesday of the Fringe, and the Fringe Half Price Hut offers half-price tickets for selected performances on the day. 

Spot the fringe

The spread of the Fringe is far and wide across Edinburgh, with over 300 venues ranging from grand theatres to small basements. The main players include the Pleasance, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, and Underbelly, but there are an en number of venues across the city.

You can spot the fringe if you are in Edinburgh city center during the month of August. From fences and walls smothered with posters, flyers being offered at every turn, and fascinating street performers enthusiastically showing up everywhere, it feels like the Fringe takes over the city. 

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Where can I buy tickets for the festival?

Tickets are available online through the Brighton Fringe Box Office, in person at Box Office, through our App, or over the phone by calling 01273 -917272.

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Fringe yourself and make way for the exciting festival

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