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July 13, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

On 11 July 2017, Scotland celebrated 70 years since the first ever fringe took place in Edinburgh in 1947 with the first ever #WorldFringeDay! World Fringe Day will run across the world and covers all international time zones (starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii). During this time there will be ongoing World Fringe Day activity on social media, with content from around the world shared on and the World Fringe Day social media channels – Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

The Fringe was born when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry to the programme. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway and so the Fringe was born!

Since this initial act of defiance, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has now grown to be the largest arts festival in the world with the fringe concept having circled the globe and inspired a movement of more than 200 different fringes. 

Edinburgh Activity

  • On World Fringe Day, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will visit community groups around the city, gifting Fringe days out to people in Edinburgh.  In the 70th anniversary year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the people of Edinburgh be given box office vouchers along with Lothian bus tickets that will enable them to experience the Fringe for free as a thank you for hosting it all these years.
  • A Fringe branded Lothian Bus will take Fringe Society Chief Executive Shona McCarthy to WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes, where assembled community groups will receive their Fringe days out at an event that will include performances by Fringe Street performers and refreshments.
  • Radio Forth will be sending presenter Mickey Gavin and their street team, accompanied by Fringe Performers, to public locations in Edinburgh. Mickey will be distributing ‘Random acts of Fringeness’ to members of the public, giving away fringe days out with bus tickets, as well as a range of Edinburgh Festival Fringe merchandise.
  • A total of £40,000 (AU$ 67,500) of box office vouchers, 750 family bus tickets, and 750 single bus tickets will be distributed on World Fringe Day. 

International Activity

  • Adelaide Fringe will pay tribute to Edinburgh as the home of the Fringe by holding their own ceilidh.
  • Limerick Fringe will be holding a World Fringe Day themed evening of cabaret, comedy, poetry, theatre and song.
  • New Zealand Fringe Festival (Wellington) are revealing their plans for 2018 on World Fringe Day and hosting a World Fringe Day celebration featuring new performances and karaoke.
  • China’s Shenzhen Fringe will host a celebration of all things Fringe to mark their 8th anniversary and Edinburgh’s 70th.
  • Vancouver Fringe are encouraging fringe fans to send in video clips that will be compiled to create a celebratory World Fringe Day video. 

Other UK activity

  • Buxton Fringe will be holding a series of World Fringe Day drop-in events at the historic Pump Room as part of the Buxton Fringe which runs from 5 – 23 July.
  • Morecambe Fringe – who will hold their inaugural Fringe in September 2017 – are using World Fringe Day to preview some of the acts that will be appearing at Morecambe Fringe.

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