World Fringe Day will take place on Tuesday 11 July, marking the 70th anniversary of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Over 200 fringes will reflect on the impact and spread of the fringe movement, and will encourage partcipants and audiences to share their love for fringe festivals and events on social media.
World Fringe Day was announced by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs for the Scottish Government and Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the world’s first fringe in 1947 and the creativity has inspired others including Australia, Brazil, Brighton, Canada, China, France, Prague, South Africa China to Brazil, and more.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:
“We are thrilled to reveal the plans for the first ever World Fringe Day. We can’t wait to join with our sister fringes across the world to celebrate the wonder and joy of fringe festivals in this auspicious year. This is an incredible opportunity for fringe organisers, venues, participants and audiences to take part in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together.”
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs for the Scottish Government said:
“World Fringe Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the global connections that Scotland has made through the arts. Edinburgh’s festivals are world renowned and it is remarkable to think that the fringe movement, that began here in 1947 with the founding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, has developed into a worldwide network with fringes now taking place on every continent except Antarctica.”
World Fringe Day is supported by £100K through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo70 fund through Creative Scotland.
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