10 Fun Facts About The Fringe

Your chance to audition to join The Greenhouse at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is just around the corner and we thought we’d make you even more excited by giving you some fun fringe facts! (And enjoy the accompanying pictures from the team’s previous experiences at the fringe!)

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  1. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was founded by gate crashers.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a completely different event to the Edinburgh international Festival. In 1947 eight theatre companies came to Edinburgh with the hope of performing in the international festival, but they were not permitted to enter.

This rejection, however, didn’t stop them from performing, and they decided to put on their own shows anyway, creating a new kind of performance that grew into today’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

  1. It would take you five years to watch every performance.

Think you’ll have time to see all the shows if you’re staying for the entire month of The Fringe? Think again. With over 30,000 performances taking place you would need a time machine to watch everything that the festival has to offer.

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  1. The Fringe is one third comedy.

The Edinburgh Fringe is renowned as a place where a number of famous comedians got their big break (e.g. Miranda Hart, Graham Norton, Mel and Sue), and consequently many comedians flock to the festival in hopes that they too will be ‘discovered’.

  1. A quarter of the shows in 2018 dealt with social issues.

42 shows in 2018 talked about mental health, 29 explored women’s position in society, and 11 focused on the #MeToo campaign.

This is really exciting for us at The Greenhouse, and we see it as a positive step forward for using art to further discussion and action on social issues.

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  1. Edinburgh’s population almost doubles during August.

The Edinburgh Fringe is one popular event, and this is demonstrated by the significant increase in the city’s population.

  1. The Edinburgh Festivals contribute £260 million to the Scottish economy.   

Due to the influx of visitors to the country who travel from all around the world to attend the festival, The Fringe currently contributes hundreds of millions of pounds to the Scottish economy and provides over 5000 jobs.

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  1. The Royal Mile isn’t a mile long.

What?!?! They were lying to us ALL. THIS. TIME???

Turns out the Royal Miles is actually one mile and one hundred and seven yards.

(I feel like I just found out my favourite love song was written about a sandwich – prizes for those of you who get that reference).

  1. Only the Olympics exceeds the number of tickets sold for Edinburgh’s festival events.

The Fringe attracts more than 4.5 million people every year, the same amount of people as those who go and see the world cup. And while the world cup only happens once every four years, The Fringe attracts this crazy number of people every single year!

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  1. The Fringe has its very own time zone.

This is known as Fringe Time. Days at The Fringe begin at 05:00 and end at 04:59, meaning shows which are on in the early hours of the morning are actually listed as occurring the day before.

  1. Anyone can perform at The Fringe.

Which is why we love it. There are weird, wacky, and wonderful acts who perform anything and everything you could possibly imagine. It’s a melting pot of crazy creative talent!

The Fringe is SUCH an amazing experience, and so auditioning for The Greenhouse really is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Set alarms/reminders/write the dates for Auditions on your arm so that you don’t forget. Or maybe just head on over to our Facebook page instead …

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