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It’s that time of year once again when everyone here in Edinburgh, and indeed all over world, eagerly waits to join in the celebrations of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the most successful and popular performance and music festivals in Europe. The festival itself was humbly established by eight local theatre groups who turned up uninvited to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival, which today has become the largest arts festival in the world.
In the post war period of 1947, eight theatre groups performed uninvited at the introductory Edinburgh International Festival, taking advantage of the large crowds to showcase their own unique alternative style of theatre. A year later, Scottish playwright and journalist Robert Kemp complimented the unintentional performers by stating, “Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before…I am afraid some of us are not going to be at home during the evenings”. And just like that, he inspired the name of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Today, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival are continuing to create a celebratory atmosphere in the city, taking place each year during the month of August. In 2014, there were 49,497 performances in 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it one of the most successful years in the Festival’s history. Until this day, the policy of the Fringe Festival remains the same – the program of performances will include anyone who has a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.
Visitors of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 will have the opportunity to experience theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, circus, musicals, children's shows, music, opera, spoken word, events and exhibitions. This year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival opens its doors from 07 until 31 August. Edinburgh City will host one more amazing year of the Festival with various venues in the city. Hopefully we will see you around the city enjoying the performances. And we will be delighted to welcome you at the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel for your accommodations.