Edinburgh Festival Fringe announces World Fringe Day
- Murray Robertson
- 25 April 2017
Fringes across the world unite! Tuesday 11 July is your day, it's World Fringe Day
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced plans for the inaugural World Fringe Day, a worldwide celebration of fringe festivals.
More than 200 fringes from across the globe will unite 'to reflect on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement.'
In 1947 eight theatre companies travelled to Edinburgh, unsolicited, for the first ever International Festival. Taking residence in unofficial venues across the capital (and Dunfermline Abbey), this act of dissent effectively created what has now become the world's largest arts festival, a model which has been replicated globally.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Society said, 'We can't wait to join with our sister fringes across the world to celebrate the wonder and joy of fringe festivals in this auspicious year. This is an incredible opportunity for fringe organisers, venues, participants and audiences to take part in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together.'
Further plans will be unveiled over the coming months on the World Fringe Day website, worldfringeday.com