Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme released
Full lineup for 2016's festival launches with emphasis on accessibility and the promise of a new Fringe app
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme is now available. Running from Fri 5–Mon 29 Aug, once again the numbers are staggering with 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across the city. That includes 643 free shows, 164 pay-what-you-want shows and 1,731 premieres. From international theatre to experiential dance, big name comedy to breaking talent via music, opera, circus and more genres than you can possibly imagine.
'The breadth and diversity of talent that comes to the Fringe is unparalleled, and this year is no exception,' explains Shona McCarthy who took over as Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society earlier this year. 'At its core the Fringe is an open access festival, which welcomes anyone with a story to tell, and for that reason, amateur and professional artists from around the world continue year after year to come here to share their stories, hone their skills, create new opportunities for themselves and their work, and celebrate the joy of live performance.'
'The diversity of the Fringe’s participants is echoed in its audiences and there really is something for everyone at the Fringe, whether you enjoy puppet shows or comedians, astonishing street artists or dazzling cabaret acts, ground-breaking international theatre or underground musical sensations, the Fringe will surpass your expectations over and over again.'
As per usual the bulk of the lineup is made up of comedy (34%) and theatre (27%) with music, musicals and operas (19%) and kids shows (5%) coming in third and fourth.
One of the key initiatives for 2016 is to improve accessibility to the Fringe. The Fringe Society is working towards becoming an Accredited Attitude Champion with Attitude is Everything with designated staff in place to assist anyone with access requirements to help negotiate the Fringe programme.
The Fringe has also announced the launch of a new improved app that should be available from July to make finding and booking shows even easier on the move.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
2016's Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from 5–29 Aug