Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021
A truly unmissable event
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is one of the world’s largest arts festival that takes place every year in Edinburgh. Last year, it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however this year it’s back on as a hybrid festival incorporating both physical and virtual events. Continue reading to find out more details about this iconic festival such as its main events, sustainability goals and ticket sales.
What is the Fringe Festival?
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (also referred to as The Fringe or Edinburgh Fringe, or Edinburgh Fringe Festival) is a celebration of arts and culture. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, For three weeks in August from the 6th until the 30th, the city welcomes a plethora of creatives both local and from around the world.
Fringe is home to the most popular comedy gigs. Correspondingly, some of the most popular comedy headliners include Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Mike Myers, Robin Williams and Rowan Atkinson. Notable Fringe performances over the years have included the first performance of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in 1966; comedians Bill Bailey, Owen O’Neill, Phil Nichol and Stephen Frost in 12 Angry Men in 2003; and Ricky Gervais playing to 6,000 people at Edinburgh Castle in 2007.
The Fringe normally brings in huge crowds, with over three million attending in 2019, and creating more than 3000 jobs. Crowds and performers attend from around the world, with acts from 63 countries attending in 2019. Furthermore, in 2018 the festival featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 different shows in 317 venues. The Fringe Festival usually takes place in multiple locations across Edinburgh (including The Meadows), The University of Edinburgh, and its surrounding areas.
Main events and Confirmed Line-Up
The Festival’s organisers announced that there will be three types of events:
- Live, in-person events that meet government safety guidelines
- Scheduled or as-live online performances
- Online on-demand shows can be viewed any time throughout the Fringe. The organisers have created a dedicated ‘Fringe Player’, allowing remote audiences to watch productions in any world time zone.
Some confirmed line-up acts include comedy events of Jason Byrne, Henning Wehn and Daniels Sloss. The deadline for all the acts registrations is at the end of August, hence more shows will be added weekly in July and throughout August.
Sustainability is in the foreground of Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. In 2017 the organisers launched the Fringe Blueprint which is a list of eight commitments they established until Fringe’s 75th anniversary in 2022. One of these commitments is to reduce Fringe’s carbon footprint by implementing initiatives to limit their impact on the environment.
These initiatives focus on various areas such as various waste and recycling, production, energy, travel and transport e.t.c. Remarkably, since 2015, the Fringe Society has reduced its carbon footprint by 63%. Read the festivals full Fringe Blueprint here.
Fringe Festival 2021
Despite huge uncertainty about what the event will look like, tickets for the festival will go on sale on the 1st of July. Nonetheless, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is sure to be a great event this year, whatever format it will present itself in.
Further details of how to register a show for the Fringe are available on its website at www.edfringe.com.
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