Listen, let's hear! The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is upon us. I have never heard of it; Do not worry! That's why I'm here. 🙂
Edinburgh (pronounced ed-in-buh-spirit) The Fringe Festival is the largest art festival held for three weeks in August. In 2018, it lasted 25 days and featured over 55,000 performances! There is a reason it is known as "the world's largest platform for creative freedom".
Interesting? Good! Here's a quick guide to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that will keep you flying to Scotland ASAP!
A short story
Before the Fringe Festival, there was the Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), which was also a festival of art, it was a little more formal and actions had to be invited. In 1947, the Fringe Festival was created when a large number of performers appeared to host their own shows.
Ironically, it was on the "margin" of the EIB, so the name was created!
Today the Edinburgh Fringe is significantly larger (in terms of performance) than the EIB. In fact, it's bigger than any other festival in Edinburgh! The biggest reason for this is that it's an open access festival.
This means that anyone can perform, no invitation needed. This means that you have a great variety of artists and talents who make the experience quite enjoyable!
What to do?
Exactly what is not there?
Imagine a giant art exhibition with the widest range of performers. I'm talking about some that are completely obvious to absolute showstoppers. He is known for his comedy acts, so be prepared to laugh. But because it's open access, you can expect everything from theater to cabaret to see classical music!
Where does it take place?
All over Edinburgh!
There is no exact place for the Fringe Festival. In fact, there are over 300 venues registered for the festival! They cover a wide variety of venues, including street corners, pubs, coffee shops and larger venues such as traditional theaters.
Although there are only 300, each venue has multiple locations where artists can put on a show to have over a thousand performance venues.
Want to know how unique this festival is? In the past, artists have put up a demonstration on the back of a motorcycle, a taxi and even a portable toilet. Yes, you read that right! There are also street artists mainly found in the Royal Mile – a pedestrian-only area during the festival.
If you are visiting the festival, be ready for a performance of almost every walk you take. It's exciting but a little overwhelming!
What to see?
The collection that seems to be going on is a difficult task, as everyone has their own opinion and taste. And one of the best ways to experience the show is to wander the streets and see what you stumble upon.
However, the first place to look is the official website of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is where the show is first announced. On the site, you can filter by type of impression, save impressions to your favorites, and create your own Fringe calendar. Otherwise, look at local news sites, check out returning impressions, or watch previews posted by larger sites.
Do I need tickets?
Yes and no.
It really depends on the shows you choose to watch! Some parties require prepaid tickets, and there are also free shows that can be donated at the end of the show.
How do you plan?
Honestly, the best way to plan can be just … no. Make sure you have weather-friendly clothes and a place to stay, but you may find it better to see where the day and activities go! If you are a programmer though you need some sort of outline, figure out some places you want to eat, maybe get tickets for a show or two and go from there!
Some of the best looks are in a whim.
But note that because the festival is massively popular, hotel prices tend to rise and close quickly, so this place, I'd say ahead!
Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will make you laugh, shout, breathe, possibly even push and drink for sure, so you won't miss this bucket list festival!
So, do you or do you intend to go? I would love to hear it in the comments below!