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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 10, 2012
by John S. A.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
August 19, 2008
london, United Kingdom
August 20, 2007
From journal Edinburgh Fringe
December 27, 2006
From journal Fringe Festival in Edinburgh!
Saint John, New Brunswick
August 11, 2004
Every year, for three weeks in late summer, Edinburgh hosts one of the worlds most important arts festivals, with every available space overflowing with international artists and performers. It has been held in Edinburgh since 1947 and it brings together the best in contemporary theatre, music, dance and opera. The alternative Festival Fringe, with some 600 companies involved balances the classic productions with a host of innovative performances. The most popular event is the Edinburgh Tattoo, held on the Castle Esplanade. This is a spectacle of Scottish infantry battalions marching to pipe bands from all over the world.
From journal Handsome Edinburgh
March 26, 2004
It is a great time to visit Edinburgh, too, as there is a definite buzz, loads of street entertainment, and the weather is usually not too bad!
From journal Edinburgh -- feasts, festivals, and friendly folk!
January 13, 2004
From journal Edinburgh in August
August 13, 2003
We were there for the Fringe, and it was a madhouse. Depending on your outlook that can be positive or negative. Part of the Royal Mile is closed to automobiles to allow the crowds to roam freely amongst street performers. Just about anybody who wants to can just show up and perform, meaning there is plenty of free entertainment.
It's not all disorganized chaos, however. There are several thousand plays and other shows that are scheduled and require a ticket. The basic idea behind the Fringe is to give performers of all types, with any level of experience a venue to perform, and to be reasonably priced and accessible to the community. Therefore the ticket prices may be only a few pounds, but the quality is hit and miss. There's quite a bit that's good, but a lot that's bad as well. The nature of the Fringe means that you're taking much more risk with your ticket purchase than you might be if you attended a show at the much more conservative (and expensive) Edinburgh International Festival.
The venues used at the fringe are not the posh concert halls and theaters you might be used to either. We saw an adaptation of the Hitchcock film Rope, which was staged inside the abandoned bowels of a building (appropriately called The Underbelly). The show was surprisingly good. The sounds coming in from the street added a sense of realism, while the dark and dank surroundings helped make the subject matter more chilling.
Another show we saw was a performance by a popular comedian by the name of Danny Bhoy. The venue for this show was a festival tent.
We enjoyed both of these shows, but if alternative theatre and unusual venues are not your thing, you may wish to wait for the International Festival.
From journal Edinburgh During the Festival
April 13, 2003
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From journal EDI