Edinburgh Festivals Magazine Launch Party
As we reach August, the city is starting to come alive with Fringe revellers. It’s at this time of year that Edinburgh truly triples in size, and you really do notice it as a resident here. To mark the start of 2016’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on Tuesday I headed along to the VIP launch party for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. Held on George Square, one of the biggest venues for the Fringe Festival, in the famous Spiegeltent. Greeted by a hub of activity already inside the tent, we were provided with a lovely gin and orange cocktail, eagerly awaiting the show previews to begin. We were entertained with a vast array of performances; the Fringe is much more than just comedy, we were treated to singing, theatre, comedy and magic.
With the Fringe not officially beginning until Friday 5th of August, George Square had already attracted quite a crowd. Here you’ll find some of the best pop up food spots as part of the Assembly food festival which goes alongside the Fringe. The 2016 Fringe features more than 3,000 incredible, unique and inspiring events over 05 – 29 August 2016. So there’s plenty of time to check out as many shows as you can fit in. We have friends staying with us every weekend of the Fringe Festival so we will be taking time to see lots of different shows. Something that as a resident, often gets missed out on when you’re still working full-time. It’s great to try to squeeze things in then you can!
What you should do at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
– Keep an open mind. The Fringe is totally diverse and totally mad, keep an open mind and you’ll always crack a smile.
– Go and see a show that will make your sides hurt from laughing. Comedy isn’t the be all and end all of the Fringe, but it’s a big part of it. Some of the world biggest comedians started out here, and you might just find one star waiting to shine.
– Check out the ‘free fringe’ for an experience like no other. Although the shows are free to enter, do be generous in supporting artists and performers if you enjoyed the show, they’re here to make a living after all.
– Experience the atmosphere of the Royal Mile. You’ll find a whole host of activities going on here all day long, be prepared to be bombarded by flyers!
– Watch in marvel at the street performers all over the city. You’ll often find some of the best magic here.
– Get into the spirit of the festival, it’s only here a month – do something out of your comfort zone.
– But most of all, enjoy yourself! The Fringe Festival is an experience like no other.
Will you be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year? What are the best shows you suggest going to see?