The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Edinburgh Fringe 2011 also known as the hub of European cultural arts came to a close this weekend after a month long array of shows and performances from entertainers and comics across the globe. The festival has seen a whopping 2 million ticket sales over the month’s festivities and 41,000 performances! Making it the busiest and most exciting year to date!
Set in the idyllic Scottish capital city through the middle of the (British) summer, the Fringe offers a limitless choice of acts, performances and things to see. Whether it is going to watch the infamous Cirque Du Soleil perform, or a comedy set by an unknown comedian, no matter how big or small the act there is something for everybody of all ages to enjoy.
Cabarets, Musicals, Children’s shows, Exhibitions and comedy sets are to name a few of the entertainment on offer. Established in 1947, several theatre groups staged performances at the Edinburgh international festival, although not part of the official programme, these performers continued the shows through the years and in 1959 the festival fringe society was created. Edinburgh Fringe also prides itself on letting any venue wanting to hold a performance by including them into the programme.
In recent years there has been more on an emphasis on the comedy side of the Fringe, with many well known comedians including Jimmy Carr, Michael Macintyre and John Bishop. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money at the fringe to have a good time, ticket sales for free events has rise by 40% in the last year, and for many aspiring comedians and actors, their gigs are usually free, all hopeful they will be spotted, ad most of all entertain the audiences interested in seeing something new.