The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups of performers arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival. Rather than being discouraged after they were refused entry, they performed on the fringe of the festival instead. And so, in their daring defiance, a cultural phenomenon was born. Now in its 70th year, the Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. And Festival fever is once again taking Edinburgh by storm. So to help you find the weird, the wonderful, and the downright bizarre of Edinburgh in August, we’ve put together a quick guide to surviving the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017: The Alliance of Defiance!
What: To Expect At The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017
Every August, for three weeks, Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creativity from around the world. Thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages across Edinburgh, putting on the greatest show of theatre and theatrics the world has ever seen. All of Edinburgh is a stage as every cobbled street and winding close has the potential to hold a show-stopping performance.
Who: To See At This Year’s Fringe?
An easier question to answer would be who not to see! From big names in the entertainment industry to newbe performers looking to launch their career in the Fringe spotlight, the Festival Fringe caters for every taste imaginable. Theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, operas, exhibitions and events are all on offer. Simply choose your category, find a performance, sit back and enjoy the show.
Where: To Catch The Weird And Wonderful
With thousands of performances across hundreds of venues throughout the city, separating the weird from the wonderful is a full-time job. So for the duration of your Fringe visit, the 2017 Fringe Programme will become your bible. It will tell you what’s on where, and how to make the most of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017. But a good rule of thumb is: the Royal Mile is a great spot to catch the weird, while Fringe reviews will shed some light on where to find the wonderful, unmissable performances.
How: To Fringe On A Budget
You can get the full Fringe experience for free on the Royal Mile. So give yourself plenty of time to wander the Old Town cobbled streets that encompass the very spirit and essence of the Fringe. Sure, you will be bombarded with flyer-wielding actors and promoters peddling their shows to the masses. But you will also be able to see them perform excerpts from their shows. Then simply visit the Half Price Hut and get tickets for the shows you want to see at, well, half price. Alternatively, you can visit PBH’s Free Fringe – a donation-based Fringe experience where you can watch the best free shows the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 has to offer!
So there you have it. A beginner’s guide to surviving the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017! If you’re joining us this August or are planning on spending a couple of days ticking the Fringe Festival off your bucket list, don’t miss our Fizztastic Festival Offer at the MP’s Bistro.