The Royal Mile – in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town – is where visitors and locals alike watch street performers stilt walk, eat fire or juggle while university theatre clubs and amateur dramatic groups hand out flyers and give small taster performances in the hope of selling tickets to their shows.

2022 marks Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s 75th anniversary. The largest arts festival in the world, this year has some exciting new developments. TikTok has been announced as the first Virtual Stage Partner of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, bringing this unique and iconic cultural event to the platform’s thriving global community. From live streamed performances to digital screenings on the Royal Mile, this year’s Fringe is offering all new ways to discover new artists and must-see shows over the month of August. 

Over 3000 shows have already been announced and over 1000 of these are available to book online already. The official programme launch takes place on 7 July, when you will be able to book shows such as ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World’, a new pop musical from the producers of hit UK musical ‘SIX’. Other highlights this year include Ian McKellen playing the starring role in Hamlet, accompanied by the Royal Scottish Ballet. Rage Against the Machine will be playing their first Scottish headline show in 14 years at the Royal Highland Centre this August, and inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, a unique immersive experience will be held at Dynamic Earth’s planetarium, soundtracked by Pink Floyd’s legendary album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

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The History of Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Fringe began in 1947 when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited during the official Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe Society was created in 1958 and the event is now the world's largest arts festival.

The festival has helped to hone the skills of some of the finest comedy and acting talent from the UK and abroad, including 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.

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Watch highlights from previous years of Edinburgh Festival Fringe