Celebrating fringes across the world!

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry to the programme.

No entry

Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway and so the Fringe was born.


Year on year more performers flocked to Edinburgh to be part of the Fringe; an open access festival where, in the spirit of the original eight, no one is denied entry, making it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom.

Creative Freedom

This initial act of defiance was also the spark that ignited fringe festivals around the world, and soon after fringes began to establish in other cities, countries, and continents.

The fringe model has become a global revolution reaching around the world from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in-between providing platforms for artists to present their work and make cultural connections that transcend national boundaries.

2017 marks the 70th year of the world’s first fringe in Edinburgh and 70 years of the fringe movement, to celebrate this momentous landmark more than 200 fringes from across the world will join together on 11 July 2017 for the first ever World Fringe Day.

We invite you to join! #worldfringeday


Celebrating fringes across the world! #WorldFringeDay

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