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Published on August 7th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

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Edinburgh Fringe Festival

As the world’s largest arts festival, The Fringe has been an established cultural event of performing arts spanning most of the month of August since it was founded way back in 1947.

Since 1958, the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival has been run by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society which is a registered charity which has been promoting the event to the rest of the world.

Starting today, the festival will feature around 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows held at over 250 different venues throughout Edinburgh and more than a third of these are comedy acts.

Significance of comedy acts

Performers who have been ‘discovered’ at The Fringe itself and gone on to become Comedy Greats include various members of the Monty Python team who appeared in student productions at the Fringe during the 1960’s.

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Before Monty Python became a national treasure, they captivated audiences at the Fringe under the guise of the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club which led to a run at London’s West End as their popularity rapidly grew.

As well as both unknown comedy acts looking to rise to stardom as well as established performers of international renown, The Fringe show categories also include cabaret, dance, exhibitions, music, opera, spoken word and theatre.

2015 Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

Amongst the most eagerly anticipated performances this year will be Lennon: Through A Glass Onion, a hit New York Show celebrating the life and legacy of the Beatles legend, which will be performed by actor and singer John Waters at the Assembly Hall.

A satire on the London mayor titled Boris: World King is also expected to be vying for the top comedy award whilst a tribute show to Annie Lennox performed by Australian singer Michael Griffiths held at George Square Gardens is also expected to be one of the highlights of the 25 days of the 2015 Festival.

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