The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the greatest celebrations of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. Artists and performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events
Its story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. Year on year more and more performers followed their example until in 1958 the Fringe Society was set up to help development but play no part in vetting the festival’s programme - a policy which remains at the core of the festival to this day.
What makes it special?
- Totally open-access, the Fringe is proud to include in their programme anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.
- The Fringe boasts a diverse range of shows including comedy, musicals, exhibitions and events for children.
- This festival doesn’t just attract performers and visitors from all around the world, it’s also a hotspot for creative producers and the media scouting for the next big talent.
The Edinburgh Fringe is special because there’s quite simply nothing else like it in the world. Our vision is 'to give anyone a stage and everyone a seat' and we are committed to making the Fringe a place of inclusion, freedom of expression and joy.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society