Edinburgh Fringe takes over numerous
venues for huge festival
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[June 07, 2014]
By Ian MacKenzie
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - With venues
ranging from a 16th-century courtyard house to a converted church,
Edinburgh’s annual Fringe Festival has unveiled its 2014 program
with productions from 47 countries around the world.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War
One, veteran actor and Director Guy Masterson will recite the
finest writings from both sides in "An Anthem for a Doomed
Youth" at the Assembly Roxy performance venue in a former
Actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry will present "Forgotten
Voices" at the Pleasance Courtyard, while Hour Lot Theatre tells
the intriguing story of an unlikely friendship between the
German Kaiser and a British prisoner-of-war in "Dear Mr Kaiser"
at theSpace on North Bridge.
The festival covers a huge range of art forms including cabaret,
comedy, dance, circus, music, opera and theater.
A record 3,193 shows – an 11-percent increase over 2013 – and
nearly 51,000 performances cement the Fringe’s position as the
biggest annual arts festival in the world, officials said on
Thursday. The Fringe runs from August 1 to 25,
Edinburgh annually doubles in size to around one million people
with the Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival of the
Arts from August 8-31, the Edinburgh Book Festival from August
9-25 and the Royal Military Tattoo from August 1 to 23.
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An official survey has put the value of the festival season to
around 250 million pounds to the Scottish economy, boosted this year
with an expected further influx of visitors to the Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.
Kath Mainland, chief executive of the Fringe Society, said she
thought the key to the success of the Fringe “is that it’s an
open-access festival and anybody who wants to take part in it can”.
“You can see something that’s really new, that’s really avant garde,
you can see every art form available and some things that adapt
between the art forms,” she told Reuters.
(Editing by Michael Roddy)
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