The Pictish Trail, Des Maclean and Alan Bissett among highlights of the Stirling Fringe 2014

The Pictish Trail, Des Maclean and Alan Bissett among highlights of the Stirling Fringe 2014

After the success of its launch last year, the Stirling Fringe is back for 2014. Running from Fri 19–Sun 28 Sep, the Fringe promises an array of colourful entertainment from both home-grown and international talent. With over 50 events, Stirling's streets will be filled with greatly appreciated music, comedy, art and theatre.

Given that the festival starts the day after the Independence Referendum, it’s inevitable that this year's event will have a political air about it. ‘That's why our first show is comedy with The Referendum Show,’ says Fringe director, Barry McDonald. ‘It will be topical of course and will reflect what has happened. Whatever happens, we'll all need a good laugh!’

The Referendum Show, featuring a line up of comedians reflecting on the country's result, is not the only example of Scottish pride and humour throughout the festival, with Scottish comedy legend Des McLean also be making an appearance.

Among the music on offer is a gig by Emma Pollock and friends, Johannesburg troupe Simply Soweto Encha's musical tribute to Nelson Mandela, Lyy & Jailhoose Trio in a combination of Swedish and Scottish traditional music, a Lost Map Showcase put together by The Pictish Trail and the Fringe Final Fling Ceilidh, with music provided by Deoch'n'Dorus.

Other festival highlights include children's comedy by Wes Zaharuk, author Alan Bissett’s feminist themed solo performance Ban This Filth and Fringe Sunday, a full day of theatre, acrobatics, craft stalls, jugglers and international street food.

‘I'm in no doubt that this will lead to experiences that visitors will not find at any other event of this kind,’ says McDonald. ‘That's why our motto is Innovate Collaborate Celebrate.’

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