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Surviving the Edinburgh Festival

How to survive the Edinburgh Fringe Festival


It’s that time of year again when the cobbled streets of Edinburgh hosts the world’s largest arts festival with over 40,000 acts and more than 2,500 shows packed into a huge range of venues across the city (from private flats and circus tents to pub theatres and public toilets). First held in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, this year the festival is taking place from 2nd to the 26th August 2013. The world-famous event is always unjuried literally meaning that anyone can take part and many experimental acts that wouldn’t usually find a slot in other festivals find their way to the fringe. It’s a unique atmosphere and with performances from comedy and theatre to magic and cabaret – it caters for just about every artistic taste under the sun…

Surviving the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinbugh Fringe festival

Edinbugh Fringe festival mime artist

Edinbugh Fringe festival street performance

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Edinbugh Fringe festival performer

Want to know how to survive the world’s largest thesp fest? Here’s some tips from our illustrator friend and seasoned fringe festival goer Del Thorpe…

Edinburgh by Del Thorpe

Del Thorpe is a children’s book illustrator living and working in Brighton. His clients include Macmillan Publishing, Walker Books and Aardman Animation. He is currently working on his seventh Weird World of Wonders history book for the recently knighted Tony Robinson. You can see more of his work here: delthorpe.co.uk

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I’ve always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I’ve lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I’m a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian – from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you’ll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.


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