Edinburgh Festival Fringe now Scotland's must lucrative regular sporting or cultural event

The world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now worth over more than £200 million. Its value has increased by around a quarter in the last eight years boosted by a large increase in visitors.

Last year's Fringe programme included 56,000 performances across 3,548 shows (compared to just over 40,000 performances from 2,458 shows in 2010). Admissions to shows have grown by 45 per cent since 2010 and by almost 25 per cent just in the last three years to a record of 2.83 million. 600,000 if these tickets were to Edinburgh residents alone, a fifth of all admissions, while a further 17 per cent of takings are from elsewhere in Scotland. 

The Fringe now supports 2,842 jobs in Edinburgh as well as another 3,400 across the country.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “Over more than 70 years, the Fringe has grown to become not just the biggest performing arts festival in the world but, much more importantly, the biggest platform for creative freedom expression.

“We attracted 55 different nations in 2018 and the Fringe is a key player in promoting Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK’s international reputation. It fosters and embraces being culturally open, creative, welcoming and confident, which is fundamental to attract people to invest, study, work and visit here. It’s also an economic powerhouse in its own right."

Edinburgh Festival Fringe performers / Image: Moyan Benn


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