Edinburgh sure knows how to party. In addition to the unmatched New Year celebrations for Hogmanay, Edinburgh is the home and birthplace of a fellow world-class annual celebration. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, or The Fringe to those in the know, is the largest arts festival in the world and has been ‘defying the norm since 1947’. For three weeks every August, Scotland’s capital city comes alive with thousands of performances across hundreds of venues to present shows catered to pretty much everyone in existence including the best of stand-up at the Edinburgh Comedy Fest.

Defying the norm

Eight theatre companies didn’t make the cut for the first-ever Edinburgh Festival back in 1947. So they decided to get together and have their own separate little festival – on the fringe. Fast-forward to 2015 and what was once eight lonely groups has transformed into nearly 50,000 performances across Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh throughout 25 days every August. Bars, churches, schools, all play the part and help transform the city into a performing arts precinct with some 300-event venues hosting performances from all over the world. This is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we all know and love today; the largest performing arts festival in the world and a very fun and obtainable holiday opportunity for lovers of the arts.

Big names and no names, the reinvention of famous plays and downright unusual new performances, Dutch comedians and Chinese acrobats – a trip to The Fringe can be a totally different experience for each individual who attends. Amongst the brilliant atmosphere and party vibe, you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best in the areas of comedy, circus, theatre, cabaret, musicals, music, opera and more. From rising stars to comedy pros, a trip to The Fringe would be incomplete without a stand-up show or two or three as part of the Edinburgh Comedy Fest. Some of the boys from Monty Python, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, Graham Norton and plenty of other famous folks all got their start at The Fringe – who knows what next big talent will be there this year?


When is it?

05th August 2016 to 29th August 2016

Tips and tricks

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe is hugely popular. Student Flights can help book transfers, accommodation and other handy things for you well in advance.
  • You’re likely to happen across a magical performance or two by chance, but with thousands of events across the city and even more attendees, be sure to check the guide and plan your must-sees.
  • Don’t forget the festivals within The Fringe – there’s also the international, international film, book, international art, military tattoo and comedy festivals!
  • Shake it up – don’t stick to what you know, try the theatre/music/cabaret as well!
  • The Fringe has some of the most talented performing artists from around the world in one place, try one of the many daytime talks and workshops.

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