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Edinburgh's City Guide

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Held annually for 3 weeks in August.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place for three weeks every August across Edinburgh.

Thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages across the city and perform in shows to suit every taste and visitors of all ages. Big names from the world of entertainment perform alongside complete newcomers and the festival offers something from every type of art from theatre to comedy, dance to physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, open, spoken word and more.

In 2014 there were 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows across 299 different Edinburgh venues and it gets bigger every year.

The Fringe festival began back in 1947 when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to the brand new Edinburgh International Festival and despite not being part of the official programme, they still staged their shows on the ‘fringe of the festival' which coined the name and year on year this trend grew and by 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was formed. The Fringe has become as popular and notorious as the main festival itself and attracts many names from all walks of culture, art and performance.

Many visitors choose to stay in the city for the duration of the festival, soaking up the atmosphere.

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