The largest arts festival in the world is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The festival takes place annually in Scotland and features over 3,000 shows across 300 venues. The Fringe is open to anyone who wishes to perform and there are no selection criteria, making it one of the most diverse and inclusive festivals in the world. Shows range from comedy and theatre to dance and music, with something for everyone to enjoy.
The Edinburgh Fringe began life as an alternative to the more traditional Edinburgh International Festival. In 1947, eight theatre companies arrived uninvited to perform at the International Festival, creating what was known as the â€˜Fringe of the Festivalâ€™. The name stuck and has become synonymous with cutting-edge, innovative performance.
Nowadays, the Fringe is a truly global event, attracting performers from all over the world. It is also a major economic driver for Edinburgh, generating around Â£250 million for the cityâ€™s economy each year. For many people, attending or performing at the Fringe is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they will never forget.