The Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and attracts performers and visitors alike from all over the world to the Scottish Capital every year for a display of exciting and diverse performances.
The 2011 Fringe Festival was the biggest yet with a whopping 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in 258 venues. However, this year’s festival is set to top previous years, with a 6% increase on last year’s programme and 2,695 shows taking place all over the city in venues from theatres to pubs, streets to private flats.
The 2012 Fringe will introduce many new acts such as the new Spoken Word category which includes poetry and storytelling performances. Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s National Poet, will perform in this category with ‘Liz Lochhead: Making Nothing Happen’ in the Assembly Rooms.
As always, the Fringe caters for all ages and has a variety of events for children too like The Red Bus Puppet Show, a charming, entertaining show for children under 6. The puppet show, featuring handmade puppets from Free Range Puppeteers, takes place on the top deck of an original 1962 double-decker Routemaster bus in the Meadows. Face painting and art activities will also take place beside the bus.
The Festival caters for all tastes, with an extensive variety of performances from well known names in the entertainment world as well as performances from unknown artists looking for exposure to advance their career. For further information and to view a full list of events, visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Home Page at http://www.edfringe.com/