The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival across the globe – is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and it is now part of a movement that includes over 200 festivals worldwide.
There really is nothing quite like being in Edinburgh during the Fringe, it's a carnival atmosphere unlike any other. This might be down to the fact that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival across the globe! The festival is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and it has definitely come a long way since it began in 1947. Back then it was the first festival of its kind in the world, however, it is now part of a movement that includes over 200 festivals worldwide.
The Fringe's success is down to an absolute commitment from day one to being completely open access and having a strong belief in artistic freedom. Because of this the Fringe continues to break ground across art form year after year. Everyone is welcome at the Fringe and here ideas are celebrated and debate is encouraged. The result is that each year the Edinburgh Festival Fringe becomes the largest platform on earth for freedom of speech.
Today it was announced by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society that we will see the introduction of a day dedicated to celebrating all that is great about Fringe festivals. The World Fringe Day, which will take place on Tuesday 11 July will provide an opportunity to come together with Fringes all around the world. Together they will celebrate Scotland's Fringe festival connection to the world and demonstrate the worldwide reach and collective power of Fringes. It also provides a great opportunity to maximise the impact of the 70th anniversary of the first ever fringe here in Edinburgh.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:
"We are thrilled to reveal the plans for the first ever World Fringe Day. We can't wait to join with our sister Fringes across the world to celebrate the wonder and joy of Fringe festivals. We hope as many people as possible will join us for a very special day of worldwide Fringe fun".
The inaugural World Fringe Day will celebrate 70 years of Fringe and will play homage to Scotland as its birth place. The Fringe Society will lead on this initiative, encouraging their audiences to get involved using the hashtag #worldfringeday to talk about their most memorable Fringe experiences.
The World Fringe Day website will provide the central means to collect all output from around the world into one place, demonstrating internationalism and cultural connections. This website is under construction just now, but be sure to check back closer to the big day for a host of Fringe related fun.
It is hoped that the success of World Fringe Day will lead to it becoming an annual event of cultural celebration across the world – inclusive of all people and all countries where Fringe festivals exist.