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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, celebrating culture, entertainment and global talent. Originally founded in 1947, the event is full of diverse acts and performances that take place across the city. If you’re planning to visit Edinburgh Fringe, check out our special offers at Parliament House and enjoy a central location?

History of Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Theatre audience watching a play
Edinburgh Fringe started in 1947 when eight theatre groups decided to perform at Edinburgh International Festival – uninvited. Despite not being part of the official programme, the performers went on to perform on the fringe of the festival. So, that’s where the new Edinburgh Fringe Festival got its name. Then, in 1958, they established the Festival Fringe Society to organise the performers, publish programmes and open a box office. One of the Society’s policies was that they would not vet the programme. Today, this open-to-all policy remains at the core and thousands of eclectic international performers showcase their talent every year.

Entertainment in one city

Edinburgh viewed from Calton Hill
The open policy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe means that all types of acts are welcome if they can find a venue to host them. So, the city of Edinburgh comes alive with diverse performances during these three weeks in August. Here, you’ll see hundreds of stages across Edinburgh hosting an array of entertainers, from comedians to circus performers. You’ll find the city’s streets lined with unique acts including opera, children’s shows, dance and spoken word. Theatres in Edinburgh are packed with musical theatre and plays. Pubs host cabarets and comedy and restaurants and cafes showcase rising stars.
microphone at comedy venue
During Edinburgh Fringe, hotels are booked out early, so take a look at our festival accommodation and don’t miss out.
Edinburgh festival fireworks

Performers, past and present

Over the years, Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been the platform for many artists to launch their budding careers. In Edinburgh in August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the city to watch unknown and famous artists perform. And, because there’s no selection panel for shows, experimental performers can take part, with many of these have gone on to celebrate global success. These include stars like Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, the Monty Python team, Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, Ricky Gervais and Tim Minchin.

 

If you love comedy, dance, music and diverse entertainment, there’s no better time to visit Edinburgh than during this vibrant festival. So, why not book your central Edinburgh Fringe accommodation with us, and soak up the culture of our historic capital?

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