For all you lovers of culture, art, comedy and performance, and those who fancy a different festival experience- why not head up to the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year?
It’s the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland. The festival is a wonderful combination of established acts doing a rare intimate gig, to an unknown artist establishing themselves in the industry. The performances vary from theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. In 2013 there were 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world – something for everyone!
The Festival is spread over the whole of Edinburgh and utilises over 250 venues, you can enjoy the shows at any budget with ticket prices varying and some being free! Having a look through the programme it’s clear to see that there are so many acts to discover throughout the festival. It’s impossible to pick out the best, but here are a few suggestions to get you started…
1. Luisa Omielan was a huge hit at the Fringe festival last year with her stand up piece- ‘What would Beyonce do?’ her much anticipated return with ‘Am i right ladies?’ is sure to be FLAWLESS!
2.Another female comedian performing at the Fringe festival will be Josie Long, who was nominated as Best Newcomer in 2006 who has a new show about love and the outdoors- sure to put a smile on your face!
3.Cardinal Burns- They have their own series on Channel 4 with a second series coming soon, they will be performing various sketches together this year, a true comic duo.
4. A wonderful free event for all the families out there, why not take your children to see Albee Vector the sound collector, an interactive theatre piece which will keep the kids entertained.
5. Sofie Grabol famous for wearing knitted jumpers on The Killing plays Queen Margaret in the third of these plays about James I, II and III of Scotland, and excellent bit of high quality theatre, a must see!
This is a small fraction of what the festival has to offer, whatever age, budget or style you have be sure to book that train to Edinburgh next week, pick up a programme and discover the wondrous Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014!