1000 Suns. 10 films with my Dad, 101 comedy club, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alan Sharp, Celia Pacquola, Lucy Porter and more… These are just some of the performances and names that will be showcased at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Commonly referred to as ‘The Fringe‘, this event is the world’s largest arts festival and attracts tens of thousands of people from all over the the world. In fact in 2011, the festival spanned 25 days and had over 2,500 international performances from 60 nations in 258 venues!
Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, The Fringe takes place annually in Scotland’s capital, in the month of August. Although the London 2012 Olympics and London 2012 Festival are also in the month of August, organizers are not expecting the numbers to be any lesser than the turnout for 2011. On the contrary, the 66th annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is going to be bigger than ever! Running from August 3 to 27 this year, the festival has 2,695 events in 279 locations – a six percent increase in size from last year.
The Fringe is traditionally a showcase for the performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy although music and dance are also featured. The theater portion of the fringe, which consists of more than 750 shows, includes some familiar names: a double bill of plays – David Greig and David Harrower. “Good with People” by David Harrower and “The Letter of Last Resort” by David Greig, two of Scotland’s most important playwrights.
One of the most unique aspect about The Fringe, is that it is an unjuried festival therefore all submissions are accepted and any type of performance may participate. Throughout its history, The Fringe has showcased some experimental and perhaps even controversial works that might not have been invited to a more conservative arts festival. That is however, the beauty and attraction of The Fringe. The 2012 Fringe programme includes a new Spoken Word category, with the dominant and widely popular comedy category taking 36 percent of the programme calendar. This year we also see some performances from the ‘Digital Generation’. Mark Grist – Rogue Teacher will be performing in the spoken word category (Underbelly) became an internet sensation last year after a video of him and one of his pupils in a rap battle went viral.
With established names like Alan Davies here for the first time in a decade, Paul Merton, Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, it’s not hard to see why The Fringe remains the home of comedy. In addition given that this year’s Fringe is happening between the Olympic and Paralympic Games a number of participants have come prepared with Olympic themed events. The world’s biggest burlesque club will see 2,000 people gather for Olympic themed fun at Club Noir Burlesque – The Games (HMV Picturehouse); Chariot: The Eric Liddell Story (Edinburgh Elim) tells the story of one of Scotland’s greatest Olympic athletes while Al Murray the Pub Landlord: The Guv’s Olympic Pub Quiz (Assembly George Square) tests your knowledge of the Olympics.
With nearly 3,000 performances, how on earth would one choose which events to attend? Well this year for the first time Fringe performers will be able to reach out to potential audience members aurally. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society have teamed up with SoundCloud, the world’s leading social sound platform to allow performers to add an audio element to their listings on www.edfringe.com. It could be a song or a joke, anything that would entice prospective ticket buyers.
If you are in town to attend the festival, stay with us at Fraser Suites Edinburgh. Right in the buzzing heart of Scotland’s capital, steps from the Royal Mile, Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle. Hotel facilities include a city centre shuttle bus, but most top Edinburgh attractions are within easy walking distance, including the National Gallery of Scotland and Arthur’s Seat. Restaurants, bars, cafés and shops surround this fantastically located hotel in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Fraser Suites Edinburgh accommodation includes several categories of room to suit your needs. Apartments boast full self-catering facilities, while even Classic rooms have a fridge, microwave, crockery and cutlery. All rooms in this top Edinburgh hotel offer high-speed internet, iPod docks and daily maid service. Take advantage of our fitness suite, city centre shuttle bus, self-service laundry, along with our signature restaurant, The Broadsheet Bistro where breakfast is served. The Restaurant is open for Lunch and Diner.
Our brand new boutique hotel in Edinburgh is set in a stunning 1750s sandstone building on historic St Giles Street, off the Royal Mile. The Observatory Suite boasts original wood panelling and a private balcony, while the Princes Suite glows in light from historic stained glass windows. Some rooms have fireplaces, twilled silk curtains and specially commissioned paintings. All are sumptuously decorated in Designers Guild fabrics; Villeroy & Boch bathrooms have luxurious rain showers and designer lotions.
Package perks includes:
– No minimum stay required
– Daily Continental buffet breakfast at the Broadsheet Bistro*
– Rates are inclusive of VAT
During your stay, you will enjoy:
– Daily housekeeping services
– Welcome amenities
– And a great Hospitality!
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* Scottish breakfast is available at a £6 per person supplement
. Room charges are required to be settled upon check-in
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