Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 70th

In spite of the traditional Scottish summer the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has begun! Over the next three weeks the capital of Scotland transforms into a bustling hub of creativity, arts and culture. Thousands of visitors flock to the city as the Fringe Festival celebrates its 70th year with participants coming from both home and abroad to celebrate one of Scotland’s signature events.

Staying true to the founding principles of the 1947 inaugural Fringe, the Festival is a celebration of defiance against the norm, permitting anyone with a story and a venue to perform to participate. With posters appearing all over the city, flyers being handed out to everyone and everything in sight and performers out and about enticing audiences to their shows, the Royal Mile becomes a hive of activity. The bizarre seeming comparatively normal as props, vibrant costumes and even a massive Dragon get paraded down the Royal Mile.    

With Edinburgh boasting the largest Fringe Festival in the world the stage is set for a varied program of theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre and comedy plus plenty of musicals, cabaret acts and children’s shows. Not to forget the Free Fringe Festival plus the numerous exhibitions and spoken word performances happening all over the city.

This year’s Fringe Festival is forever expanding with over 53,232 performances, 3,398 shows and 300 venues taking part. Representing over 60 countries Edinburgh Fringe once again provides an international stage for artists to share their stories and show what Scotland has to offer.

Several new and exciting spaces have been transformed into venues for this year’s Festival including Leith, Hibernian Football Club and the brand new Rose Theatre. With over 1,683 show premiers there is something for everyone on offer this year for both young and old alike. Even if you are on a budget there are over 686 free performances as well the Free Fringe Festival.

So, if you’re looking for something to do why not head on out and go explore what the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has to offer for 2017.