Make your Fringe this August
The world's largest festival of performing arts, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has launched its full programme for August 2019, inviting audiences to #MakeYourFringe.
With 744 shows from Edinburgh, 963 from Scotland and work from a record 63 countries, where do you begin?
New for 2019 is the FringeMaker game, which will encourage visitors to explore different venues, see shows and tackle random Fringe challenges using a dedicated webbased app. In true treasure hunt style, players will be rewarded for breaking new ground and discovering hidden top hats located in each of the over 300 venues taking part in this year’s festival.
In order to help audiences to take a chance on something new, the Fringe Society have also introduced the Inspiration Machine, an interactive, arcade-style machine that will randomly display videos from Fringe artists at the push of a button. The Inspiration Machine will be located on the Mound throughout August as well as online, and Fringe-goers young and old will be invited to roll up and see all that the Fringe has to offer.
Launching the 2019 Fringe Programme, Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:
The Fringe is a remarkable feat of engineering and human endeavour, and this year we are celebrating all the artists, writers, crew, staff, venue operators, audience members and more who come together to Make Your Fringe.
The Fringe is world-famous for its liberal use of unconventional venues, and 2019's programme is no different, with performance spaces this year including a former swimming pool, a street art exhibition space, a football stadium, hair salon and a purpose-built circus big top.
And across the Festival's 323 venues, audiences will witness productions covering major themes such as Environment and climate change, Migration, Space, Indigenous work, Death and grief, Body image and body positivity, True crime, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic identity and explore sex and sexuality.
Bargain hunters can take advantage of the 706 free shows, with a further 404 following a pay pay-what-you-want model. And the Fringe's legendary cast of street performers will be out in full force to entertain and entice crowds on the Royal Mile, at West Parliament Square and on the Mound Precinct just off Princes Street.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 2-26 August 2019 and tickets for all shows are on sale now. Find out more at www.edfringe.com