World Fringe Day announced

Plans for the inaugural World Fringe Day, an international day of celebration that will take place on Tuesday 11 July, have been unveiled in Edinburgh today.

More than 200 fringes from across the world will join together on World Fringe Day to reflect on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement. Fringe participants and audiences are invited to take part on the day, by sharing their love for all things fringe on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Welcoming the news, the city's Festivals Champion, Councillor Richard Lewis, said: “Over the last 70 years, Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe has inspired, entertained and welcomed the world.  With over 200 Fringes now spread across the globe, World Fringe Day will celebrate the Festival spirit’s birthplace in Edinburgh and the many Fringe Festivals that have followed.  The creative language of the Festival is universal, so no matter where you are in the world, join in and share your love for all things Fringe on 11 July.”

2017 is the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s first fringe. Over the last 70 years, the spark which was ignited in Edinburgh in 1947 has circled the globe and the fringe model has been emulated from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in between.

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. We hope as many people as possible will join us for a very special day of worldwide fringe fun, as we celebrate 70 years of fringe and pay homage to Scotland as the birthplace of the fringe movement.”

Further plans for World Fringe Day will be unveiled over the coming months at

To mark the 70th anniversary year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a special open-top tour bus provided by Lothian was unveiled in Edinburgh today. The bus features 70 fringe fingerprints, each one made up of the names of the towns and cities around the world that host fringes, and will be used on Lothian’s Edinburgh Bus Tours operation. 

Edinburgh International Fringe along the Royal Mile


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