World-class music, side-splitting comedy and dance that rivals Michael Flatley, Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the world’s biggest arts festival and is a must-see this August. Spread over three weeks from August 3rd to 27th, the festival is host to a range of brilliant acts across music, dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret and spoken word, and is a highly anticipated event on Scotland’s cultural calendar!
The festival has been kicking for over 65 years and each year thousands of performers take to stages across Edinburgh to share their talent and entertain the crowds. Performances are varied and include established artists from around the globe as well as up-and-coming starlets keen to grow their career. The Festival has actually become renowned for hosting young talent that goes on to make it big and just one example of this is famous Aussie comedian Tim Minchin. Minchin received the festival Best Newcomer award in 2005, and is now enjoying watching RSC’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda tour Britain, of which he wrote all the songs.
Comedy has always dominated the festival and this year is no exception. A record 2695 shows will be staged at the event (964 of which will be comedy acts) and though the line-up for 2012 is still slowly being unveiled we know that Mark Watson, Steven K Amos and UK’s rising star Daniel Sloss, as well as Jimmy Carr, Jason Byrne and Stewart Lee will all be at this year’s event.
Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "this promises to be the most exciting and exhilarating Fringe yet…We have a programme that will capture the attention of people all over the world and demonstrate why over the last 66 years the Fringe has grown into the greatest show on earth."
What we love most about the Edinburgh Fringe is that its festivities are so unique. Whether it be because of the type of performance or the location in which they is presented (stages, gardens, pubs and streets), you can be assured an electric atmosphere and jam packed great day out.
Tickets have gone on sale and can be purchased at www.edfringe.com. Here you will find a stack of more info about the shows as well as announcements of the latest acts.
Are you going to make it to the festival? Which acts are you most excited about?