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Aug 7

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2020)

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Today is the opening of the three week Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest arts festival!

 

Notes from the register:

Introduced by the Busking Project for street performers or buskers around the world. Loosely based on the tartan for the world’s largest arts festival – The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the lead colours of black and red are for the juggling balls said to be one of the oldest types of street entertainment in the world. Red also represents the buskers' creative passion and artistic input. The gold is for the hoped-for monetary rewards of this chosen profession. The buskers' stages are the world's streets, here shown in grey and white. The grey threads number 24 signifying that buskers are performing somewhere in the world 24 hours a day. The adjacent black blocks comprise 100 threads - one for each of the performances that perceived busking wisdom suggests are needed to 'get good'.

 

From the Edinburgh Fringe site:

The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War.

Not being part of the official programme of the International Festival didn’t stop these performers, they just went ahead and staged their shows on the fringe of the Festival anyway, coining the phrase and our name – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since the dawn of this spontaneous artistic movement, millions have flocked to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to produce, and to enjoy art of every genre. 

Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend. The Society formalised the existence of this collective of performances, provided information to artists, published the Fringe programme and created a central box office.

Its constitution was written in line with the ethos that brought these theatre companies to Edinburgh back in 1947; that: the Society was to take no part in vetting the festival’s programme.

For more on this year's festival, click the street performer.