For over three weeks in August, the city welcomes an explosion of creative energy as artists and performers from 67 countries take to stages across the city to present shows for every taste. This year will feature an astonishing 3,013 shows.
From well-known names to up-and-coming artists looking to establish their careers, the Fringe, as it’s affectionately known, has something for everyone. With theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word and exhibitions all available, however you like your culture, there’s something for all the family here.
The theme for 2023 is #FillYerBoots, which is defined by the Collins English Dictionary as ‘to get as much of something valuable or desirable as you can’ – a message that is very apt for describing the sheer scale and variety of the Fringe. The programme explores topical issues such as mental health, gender identity, politics, class and climate action.
In a bid to make the Fringe as inclusive as possible, a number of performances and events will be relaxed, BSL interpreted, captioned and audio described. Free sensory backpacks containing sunglasses, neck cushions, fidget toys and ear defenders will be available for those who require them. Find out here how to order a sensory backpack.
Explore the full programme on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website
Tickets can be booked online, in person from the Fringe Box Office (180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS) or by calling +44 (0)131 226 0000.