World Fringe Day to celebrate Edinburgh’s 70th anniversary

The Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Photo: Jan Kranendonk/Shutterstock
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe is uniting with other international arts festivals to launch World Fringe Day in July.

The event, which will take place on July 11, is supported by £100,000 from the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo70 fund. It will bring together more 200 different fringe festivals from around the world, according to its organisers.

A spokesman for the Edinburgh Fringe told The Stage that the July 11 date has been chosen as it is about half way through the festival’s 70th anniversary year, but has no particular historical significance. Edinburgh Fringe is the first ever fringe festival and can trace its lineage back to 1947.

The aim is to reflect on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement. Participants and audiences are invited to take part on the day “by sharing their love for all things fringe” on social media.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “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.”

Holly Lombardo of World Fringe, the international association set up to support the global fringe community added: “Fringes are known for innovation, igniting creative genius and supplying the creative food chain with the stars of the future. World Fringe Day is a chance to celebrate the opportunities these festivals represent and to tell the world that they can join in too.”

Further plans for World Fringe Day will be unveiled over the coming months at www.worldfringeday.com.