As one of largest cultural events in the world the Edinburgh Festival Fringe attracts a global audience who enjoy the best in music and the arts.
The festival began when groups of uninvited performers turned up to play at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival. Even though they weren't on the official bill, this did not stop them from performing.
Over the next few years more and more groups arrived in Edinburgh and performed to whoever would listen, until 1959 when the Festival Fringe Society was created to respond to the growing trend.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe covers a wide variety of performances including:
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There are also a number of other events and exhibitions that take place over the festival season. More than 21,000 performers take part in more than 30,000 performances at approximately 2,500 shows.
More than 1.8 million people visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to catch a glimpse of some of the most upcoming acts on the circuit. Check the official Edinburgh Festival Fringe for more information about the 2013 Fringe Programme.
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