"The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is arguably the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August the city of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, welcomes an explosion creative energy with artists from around the globe. With 52,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues in 2017, there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
"Every year, thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters to everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, and exhibitions."
- Official Fringe Festival Site
This is, hands down, my favourite quote about the Fringe:
Be warned: time works differently during the festival. It's 71 years old but it parties like a teenager. You will lose track of days. You will think only in hours, as you navigate your way up steep hills through a city small enough to walk in but big enough to get lost in, on your way to whatever random show you've chosen to see. You will find yourself still out at 2am and wondering what's next. You will eat well but badly, if you remember to eat at all. You will see shows by people you've never heard of, who this time next year will be all you ever hear about. But you will not - cannot - leave this shining city without knowing you had fun, and knowing that you'll be back, along with those two million other people, the very next chance you get.
- Danny Wallace (Condé Nast)
For more information, visit the Edinburgh Fringe Festival website