THE FRINGE: ORIGINS
Originally formed in 1947 randomly by a few theatres troupes which did not get to be listed on the Edinburgh International Festival. Year on year attracting more performers, it was then decided to create a Fringe Society 3 main goals: Provide support to performer, assist the audience and promote this wonderful festival to the world. The term fringe was then used by the theatre industry to qualify small-scale theatres.
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GET READY FOR THE FRINGE
10 tips to make the most of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- Check in the programme and book ticket in advance. The full program will launched in June and tickets can be booked directly here.
- Plan on a schedule that takes into account that you will stop every 50 meters to watch performers in the street.
- The successful performance are very often back from a year to another. So download last year's programme to check the regular one you may want to see.
- Give yourself free time to see free shows, pitched in the street they are the heart of the Fringe Festival.
- Get a raincoat and a second pair of trainers... The weather in Scotland can change from a minute to another especially in the summer so it is advised to prepare for it.
- Get outside the city centre and make sure you visit Leith and other area less known but still part of the Fringe.
- The Fringe is tech savvy, and if a lot of flyers are handed in the street, there is an app available where you can check and bookmark shows, find venues.
- Become a friend of the festival and save on spare tickets for your friends.
- Make the most of every venue! Most venues will have a pop up bar or street food stand and usually offers traditional street food but also very often trendy food concept.
- Experience the Fringe fully and make sure you do at least one show of every genre.