Edinburgh Fringe Returns With Over 700 Shows

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The world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival returned on 6 August with over 700 in-person and online shows.

The festival will show a diverse set of work from theatre, dance, and much more from 6 to 30 August.

In addition to in-person shows, audiences can watch scheduled and on-demand performances online. There is also a range of events including community engagement work and guest speakers such as Lyn Gardner, Andrew Miller, Jo Clifford, and more.

The organisation is committed to inclusion, and has created an Access Booking system which allows audience members to search for shows which are accessible.

Chief executive of Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Shona McCarthy commented: “The Fringe is always a remarkable feat, but this year, it’s nothing short of extraordinary. In the face of complex restrictions and enormous challenges, the Fringe community has created a diverse and engaging programme of over 700 shows to entertain us.

“I’m enormously proud of our artists, venues, creatives, and workers that have made this festival not only possible but safe, engaging and entertaining,” McCarthy continues. “It’s so good to be celebrating the Fringe again this August and I’d like to thank every artist, producer, worker, audience member, funder, sponsor, and supporter that has got us here today.”

Angus Robertson, cabinet secretary for culture for the Scottish Government said: “A huge amount of work has gone on behind the scenes to support the return of these globally significant cultural events.

“Edinburgh’s festivals were sorely missed last summer and their return is another step in the right direction.”

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society began in 1958 as an agent for Fringe values. The charity encourages participation from all members of the community.

Artists interested in gaining support from the charity can also sign up for the Fringe Connect platform. The user space allows registered members to communicate with industry professionals and advertise their own work.

As well as various independent artists, the charity is working with Something to Aim For, Parents and Carers in Performing Arts, and Somewhere EDI to bring the festival to life.

More information about the shows and events available at Edinburgh Fringe can be found online.

Words by Amelia Hansford

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