World Fringe Day—Celebrations in Edinburgh Posted on 11th of July 2017

World Fringe Day—Celebrations in Edinburgh

Celebrations are taking place all over the world today to mark the first ever World Fringe Day.

Events will be taking place across continents as fringes come together to celebrate 70 years of the fringe movement and pay tribute to Edinburgh as the birthplace of the fringe concept.

Here in Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will be thanking the people of Edinburgh for hosting the Fringe for the last 70 years.  We will be partnering the Society in this initiative, with Fringe Society staff visiting twenty six charities across the city, gifting Fringe days out to families and individuals. Gift recipients will be given box office vouchers along with Lothian Daytickets that will enable them to experience the Fringe for free.

Our Fringe Bus will be taking part in the celebrations travelling around Edinburgh with Forth 1 presenter Mickey Gavin, who will be gifting ‘Random Acts of Fringe-ness’ to members of the public.

Gaynor Marshall, Communications Director from Lothian, said:

We are delighted to be supporting the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society on this World Fringe Day celebration, which will give people from all over Edinburgh an opportunity to enjoy all that the Fringe has to offer. Our partnership will enable lots of families and individuals to travel to and from Fringe venues across the city, at no cost to themselves, allowing them to enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds and all that Edinburgh has to offer throughout August.

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said:

World Fringe Day is a rare opportunity for a truly international celebration of creativity, transcending national boundaries and demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together. Events will be taking place all over the world today, and here in Edinburgh we are focussing on saying thank you to the city and people of Edinburgh for supporting the Fringe over the last 70 years. We have lots of surprises planned for the day and are delighted that, in partnership with Lothian Buses, we are able to gift Fringe days out to families and individuals around Edinburgh via 26 fantastic charities working across the city. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society works to improve access to the Fringe wherever possible with the aim of making the Fringe the most inclusive festival in the world and we hope that these days out will give people an opportunity to see what is on offer and be part of the Fringe in its 70th anniversary year.

Fringe days out will be gifted to charities throughout Edinburgh including Canongate Youth, Lothian Autistic Society, Pilmeny Youth Centre, Sikh Sanjog, The Broomhouse Centre, 6VT Youth Café and WHALE Arts Agency.

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