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The world’s largest arts festival has begun, filling up Edinburgh’s nooks and crannies – and hilltops – with over 2 800 shows performed by over 24 000 artists, in 273 venues across the capital.
You can tell it’s beginning; performers walk in lines carrying props along the street, or costume up and begin the season on the Royal Mile, flyering earlycomers. But this is just the warm-up; in a couple of days, the Mile will be filled, the city beyond bustling, and Fringe guides in cafes will be well-thumbed.
This year’s Fringe features an impressive mixture of (in the order they are listed in the guide cabaret, children’s shows, comedy, dance and physical theatre, events, exhibitions, music, musicals and opera, spoken word and theatre. Coming in at 392 pages, the programme is a hefty tome – while to some a crucial festival-going prop, others can choose to download it onto smartphones or access it online. Whatever your platform, it’s time to start flicking/scrolling/clicking through.
The Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) was established in 1947 in a post-war effort to "provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit".
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Kicking off Thursday, August 8th, the convention runs through Sunday, August 11th with over 100 celebrity guests. Announced guests include William Shatner, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Jeri Ryan, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, LeVar Burton, Alice Eve, Terry Farrell, Nicole de Boer, Alexander Siddig, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, John de Lancie, Robert Picardo, Linda Park, Denise Crosby, Nana Visitor, Rene Auberjonis, Garrett Wang, Tim Russ, Chase Masterson, and many more.