Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.
Celebrating its great defiance against conformity, the art world explodes in a kaleidoscope of colourful performances across Edinburgh every year in August. Thousands of performers flock to the capital to grace the many available stages, and this year is no exception. In fact, audiences should prepare for a celebration like no other as Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.
Back in 1947, eight small performance groups Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fringe.arrived in Edinburgh with hopes of performing at the International Festival. Unfortunately, they were refused entry. This would have discouraged many, but not these true heroes of the arts community. Instead of turning back, these die-hards took their performances to the outskirts (the fringe) of the International Festival – giving birth to the gargantuan Fringe Festival that we know and love today.
A full array of performers can be found at the festival: from unknown studio groups, performers and comedians to international artists – all descending on the city to showcase their work. 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.
Last year there was a record number of performances – 50,266 to be exact, which comprised 3,269 shows in 294 venues.
Something for everyone
In the true spirit of the eight groups that started it all, The Fringe is a completely open-access festival where no one is denied entry. This makes it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom.
Audiences can look forward to a variety of performances including Cabaret, Comedy and dance. The performances can be seen in several venues including Rutland Square, The Acoustic Music Centre on Royal Terrace and Assembly Hall.
The festival has also attracted several political figures like Jeremy Corbyn and Alex Salmond who both have sold-out shows.
The Earth with art would simply be ‘eh’.
It’s difficult to describe the true enormity and significance of the festival in a few short paragraphs. It’s something that you need to experience for yourself.
Accommodation around this time of year can get a bit tricky. B+B Edinburgh is perfectly located for you to enjoy the festival without having to travel very far. However, there are only a limited number of bedrooms available, so do not delay.
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