Following the opening of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 3, the city is now abuzz with followers of comedy, music lovers and enthusiasts of all things literary. And with more artists and more venues than ever before, this year is shaping up to be an extremely good one for the arts.
The Festival this year is boasting a six percent increase in the size of the schedule, with a huge 2,695 shows for you to sink your teeth into. Pubs, gardens, squares and churches, as well as theatres and comedy clubs, will all play host to a variety of different events from the world over.
The festival is also introducing an entirely new category - the Spoken Word - featuring performances from the likes of UK Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker, and Scotland's very own national poet Liz Lochhead, who is appearing at the Assembly Rooms in her show 'Make Nothing Happen'.
Launching the 2012 programme, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Kath Mainland said "This is the Year of Creative Scotland and it is the year in which the world's greatest sporting event, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, happens in London while the world's greatest cultural event takes place in Edinburgh."
Other than that, its standard procedure for the month long festival, showcasing the best in both established and upcoming talent from the world over (David Mitchell, Paul Merton and Rory Bremner to name some of the more famous faces). With its eclectic mix of, well, just about everything under the Scottish sun, this festival really is one of the best places to see experimental theatre and comedy this summer.
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