Since 1947, for three weeks in August every year, Edinburgh opens its doors to some of the best creative talent in the world. Musicians, comedians, theatre ensembles, poets and dance troupes all take centre stage to show the world what they are made of. Without the constraints of Hollywood or the West End the Edinburgh Fringe can be, and indeed has been, the launch pad for many careers in the entertainment industry.
Over 1000 accredited journalists and industry professionals attend the festival all vying to discover the best new talent. The city comes alive during this time, music tents, poetry readings and comedy shows are held throughout the city. Musicians play intimate venues while painted fire eaters grace the Royal Mile showcasing their skills.
Everywhere you turn in August you will find a melting pot of cultures, all in Edinburgh for fun and a good time – friends will be made and exceptional shows will be seen. The incredible firework display which signals the closing of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is definitely worth staying in the city for.
One important tip though – leaving your booking to the last minute is a no go, city centre accommodation for this event books up years in advance. Plan ahead or organise car hire and stay outside Edinburgh if you don’t want to miss out.