Edinburgh Festival Fringe launch 2015 programme

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back with an innovative, international and adventurous festival, bound to provide many unforgettable moments for festival goers travelling to Scotland’s capital city from all around the world.

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With theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, musicals, opera, cabaret and variety, children’s shows, free shows, exhibitions, events and spoken word on offer, there truly is something for everyone. And something new for everyone to experience.

2015 will see 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues across Edinburgh. The number of shows reflects a 3.8% increase on last year's programme, with 14 new venues becoming involved in the Fringe from across the city.

Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:

It’s great to be launching the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.  The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest, oldest, most well renowned festival in the world.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, The Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs said:

This year’s programme shows once again why the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the most important events in the international cultural calendar. The festival is a premier event bringing thousands of people to Scotland. It demonstrates the scale of Scotland’s creativity and ambition and raises our standing on the world stage.

This year the Fringe Society has unveiled a new strategic partnership with Airbnb to help increase the range and diversity of accommodation options available to visitors to Edinburgh during August.

This will also be the second year that the Fringe Society has had a ticket collection point at Edinburgh Airport. Last year, a staggering 14,000 tickets were collected from the airport. This year, the ticket collection point will be operating from 03 August, in plenty of time for the first Fringe visitors stepping off their planes.

Fringe Facts 2015

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 features 50,459 performances (up from 49,497 last year) of 3,314 shows (up from 3,193 shows last year) in 313 venues (up from 299 venues last year).

  • Comedy makes up 34% (compared to 34.5% last year)
  • Theatre makes up 27% (compared to 27.5% last year)
  • Music makes up 14% (compared to 13.1% last year)
  • Musicals and Opera makes up 3% (compared to 3.4% last year)
  • Children’s Shows make up 5% (compared to 5% last year)
  • Dance, Circus and Physical Theatre makes up 4% (compared to 3.6% last year)
  • Events make up 4% (compared to 4.3% last year)
  • Cabaret and Variety makes up 4% (compared to 3.2% last year)
  • Spoken Word makes up 4% (compared to 3.9% last year)
  • Exhibitions make up 2% (compared to 1.6% last year)

There are 807 free shows, 1,778 premieres and 49 different countries represented.

For the full programme and to book tickets visit www.edfringe.com.

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