The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August for three weeks the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

When: 3-27 August 2018
Where: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contact:  +44 (0)131 226 0026

The Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway and so the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was born.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Fringe is a truly open access festival where, in the spirit of the original eight, no one is denied entry, making it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom. 2018 marks the 71st anniversary of these eight groups’ defiance and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now the largest arts festival in the world.

Why visit Edinburgh Fringe 2018?

With 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows in 2017, there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Every year thousands of performers take hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh 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.


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