Every August, Edinburgh is transformed into a theater of innovative thinking, theater performances, and art. Without the International Edinburgh Festival on August 24, 1947, there would not be anything like The Edinburgh Fringe Festival today. This festival that started back in the 90s was only aimed at bringing people from several cultural backgrounds together after World War II.
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is now one of the biggest cultural and arts festivals in the world. If not the greatest. Artists and creatives from all corners of the world come together to perform on hundreds of stages throughout Edinburgh, providing entertainment for every taste. The festival has served as a platform that has launched the careers of some of the biggest stars in comedy, music, and spoken words. This year's festival starts on August 4th and lasts until the 28th, and is expected to host different artists from 70 countries all around the globe.
Known to be a hub where unique talents are discovered, for most performers, it’s a chance to try out new things. Those three weeks in August can change lives as agents, casting directors, and TV types stalk the streets looking for the next big thing. Many well-known actors, comedians, and performers got their big break at the Edinburgh Fringe. People like Noel Fielding, Steven Coogan, Graham Norton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (the current Edinburgh Fringe Society President), Sacha Baron Cohen, and Russell Brand all made a name early in their careers by showing their work there. Perform the right show the right way with the right people in the room and that can just be the it for you.
This year’s festival will cater to everyone as it includes theater, comedy, dance, physical theater, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions, and events. Among the numerous professional potential that comes with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the opportunity to network with so many other creatives. The Edinburgh Fringe attracts thousands of performers, industry professionals, and audiences from all around the world. If you want to perform and meet like-minded creatives, then you really don't want to miss what's coming in the next three weeks. Performing at the festival opens up opportunities for skill development. Preparing and performing at the Fringe requires a high level of commitment and skill. You have the chance to hone your craft and learn from other performers.
Finally, there are lots of prizes given out during the Festival. From a vision of bringing people together to becoming the biggest career-launching platform for many creatives, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the place to make a name for yourself. It is a place where unknown acts can erupt overnight thanks to one fire.
The Fringe is still the place to bring your work. There are opportunities to amaze, enthrall and excite audiences from both far away and close to home. Creatives, grab this chance to put yourself and your work before an eager, receptive audience.