Edinburgh Festival Fringe announces World Fringe Day

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced plans for Tuesday 11 July 2017 to be marked internationally as the first World Fringe Day, as part of the Fringe's 70th anniversary celebrations. 

The world's very first fringe festival took place in Edinburgh in 1947, when a number of performing arts companies arrived to perform at the new Edinburgh International Festival, despite not having been invited. 

Their performances inspired others to do the same in following years, and since then the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has grown into the largest arts festival on Earth, and inspired fringe movements to spring up all over the world.

World Fringe Day will mark this incredible growth by joining together over 200 fringes from around the globe in an online celebration of the fringe ideal.

The announcement was made by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs for the Scottish Government and Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, who said:

We are thrilled to reveal the plans for the first ever World Fringe Day. We can’t wait to join with our sister fringes across the world to celebrate the wonder and joy of fringe festivals in this auspicious year. This is an incredible opportunity for fringe organisers, venues, participants and audiences to take part in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together.

Full details of World Fringe Day will be revealed in the coming months at www.worldfringeday.com, and organisers are hoping that fringe fans will take part in their thousands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ms Hyslop said:

World Fringe Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the global connections that Scotland has made through the arts. Edinburgh’s festivals are world renowned and it is remarkable to think that the fringe movement, that began here in 1947 with the founding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has developed into a worldwide network with fringes now taking place on every continent except Antarctica.
The Scottish Government is proud to support World Fringe Day through our Edinburgh Festivals Expo70 fund, acknowledging Scotland as the home of fringe and joining with the many other wonderful fringe festivals around the world for an international day of celebration.

Ms McCarthy added:

We hope as many people as possible will join us for a very special day of worldwide fringe fun, as we celebrate 70 years of fringe and pay homage to Scotland as the birthplace of the fringe movement.

Also at the launch was a special open-top tour bus provided by Lothian Buses to mark the 70th anniversary year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The bus is decorated with 70 fringe fingerprints created from the names of fringe-hosting towns and cities around the world.

The bus will be used on Lothian’s Edinburgh Bus Tours operation, and Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses said:

Lothian is delighted to support the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as it celebrates its 70th anniversary and the 70th anniversary of the fringe movement. This new open-top tour bus marks 70 years of transporting visitors and residents around Edinburgh during August and throughout the rest of the year, helping people explore some of our beautiful city’s most iconic sites. Keep an eye out for this very distinctive Fringe bus around the capital’s streets.

For more information on World Fringe Day, please visit www.worldfringeday.com.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 4-28 August 2017, and tickets for some shows are already on sale, with the full programme due to be announced on 7 June. Find out more about the Fringe, including links for programme information and ticketing.

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