愛丁堡藝穗節(The Edinburgh Festival Fringe)是世界上最盛大的節慶活動之一,已舉行了超過60年,每年八月在蘇格蘭的首都舉行,為期三個星期。其中包括戲劇、舞蹈、音樂、展覽甚至行為藝術等各種藝術形式。


愛丁堡藝穗節源於1947年,正當愛丁堡國際藝術節舉行期間, 有8個不請自來的藝術團體,因為未獲分配場地作演出之用,故自行設定演出場地, 與藝術節的官方節目分庭抗禮,這些藝術節期間的非官方演出以藝穗自居,並大受歡迎, 成為藝術節期間的重頭戲。



The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

In 2014 there were 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.

The Fringe story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International Festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows on the ‘Fringe of the Festival’ anyway – coining the phrase and our name ‘(Edinburgh) Festival Fringe’. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.

The Society formalised the existence of this collective of performances, provided information to artists, published the Fringe programme and created a central box office. Its constitution was written in line with the ethos that brought these theatre companies to Edinburgh back in 1947: that the Society was to take no part in vetting the festival’s programme. To this day that policy remains at the core of our festival and we’re proud to include in our programme anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.




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