Every year the picturesque streets of Edinburgh throng with visitors who descend upon the city to enjoy its fantastic and unique festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival known simply as The Fringe to most people is the largest arts festival in the world and really is something special to experience. As it is open access, anyone can take part and so its lively bars, raucous theatres and bustling streets host a myriad of performances throughout its duration. This year’s edition is from the 3rd to the 27th of August so here’s why you should make The Fringe your next destination!
The creativity on show has no bounds
Last year’s festival had an astonishing 53,232 performances in over three hundred different venues and there really is everything immaginable on offer! While some shows are put on by amateurs who love their craft and want to explore where their creativity and skills will take them, others are big name entertainers, comedians and actors who have come to enjoy the special atmosphere that is so intoxicating.
There is something for everyone
One of the most delightful things about the festival is that you never know what you’re going to come across. While some shows may disappoint, the majority of them will astound and awe you with the brilliant performances and daring nature of the acts as the performers look to push the boundaries and create something unique and new. As there are literally shows and productions taking place every minute of the day, you’ll always have something to see and do and you’ll develop new interests over the time that you spend in the city. Whether it is spoken word poetry or opera and musicals, circus or comedy shows; the dazzling variety on offer is astounding!
The city itself is beautiful to explore
Although Edinburgh is great to visit as any time of the year, it really comes alive during The Fringe when the city takes on a whole new lease of life. If you have become a bit overwhelmed and numbed by the sheer number of performances you have seen, simply take a step back and enjoy some of the city’s more traditional attractions. As the capital of Scotland, there is a wealth of things to see and do and after London it is the second most popular city to visit in the UK. Its most famous sight is the stunning Edinburgh Castle which is so delightfully set upon a hilltop overlooking the city and if you want to get away from the crowds, take a hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat for a lovely panorama of all the tiny buildings down below.
You can perform yourself!
If you’re the creative type and have a show in mind that you’d love to share with the world, The Fringe is a great place to show off your talents. One of the most inclusive festivals in the world, anyone can perform here so all you need to do is register and find a venue where you can perform. The supportive and welcoming audiences coupled with the the festival’s promotion of upcoming talent make it lovely to visit as well as perform at so why not combine the two?! Good luck!