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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: The 71st Edition is Stronger Than Ever

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: The 71st Edition is Stronger Than Ever
Former “Blue Peter” presenters (from left) Mark Curry, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves and Tim Vincent will reminisce about the TV show.
(Photograph: Nick Rutter/PA)

The official 2018 Edinburgh Fringe program was launched on June 6, celebrating a gigantic number of shows totaling 3,548 shows. The 2018 program offers 4 percent more shows than the previous year’s edition. The shows will equate to 56,796 performances spread across 317 venues in the festival. The festival will represent all the 55 participating countries in the diversified venues.

Chortle quotes Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society: “This year’s program contains an eclectic mix of creative endeavor from across the globe that will move, challenge and, of course, entertain. This year we are encouraging everyone who comes to the Fringe to take a leap into the unknown. Whether this is your first or your 50th time visiting the Fringe as a performer or audience member, this is a place where new discoveries wait around every corner. There is no other festival in the world that offers such a broad or diverse range of cultural experiences. The Fringe is a festival that empowers its audiences to create their own adventure.”

Beyond The Joke quotes Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs: “The Fringe continues to innovate, inspire, challenge and delight audiences, providing Scottish artists the opportunity to showcase their work on a renowned platform to industry professionals from across the globe. It enables the international arts community to experience all that Edinburgh, our world-renowned festival city, has to offer.”

Chris Wiegand picks 10 must-see shows at Edinburgh festival 2018, on behalf of The Guardian:

“Cold Blood,” a dance show, “Trojan Horse,” presented by the documentary theater company Lung, “Jordan Brookes,” “What Girls Are Made of,” by Cora Bissett, “Home,” by the absurdist artist Geoff Sobelle, Performance of Ahir Shah who was an Edinburgh comedy award nominee in 2017 for his scorching set about Brexit, Gary McNair’s dark comedy “After the Cuts,” marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS, “Underground Railroad Game,” “Kiri Pritchard-McLean,” a standup performance and “Dolly Would.”

The Scotsman presents with a list of unlikely Fringe Stars to watch out for, including:

Gruff Rhys: The Super Furry Animals frontman

Jason Donovan: The former Neighbours heart-throb and chart-topping singer

Esther Rantzen: The former “That’s Life” presenter

Richard Cole: Former The Communards star

Peter Purves, Janet Ellis, Peter Duncan, Mark Curry, Tim Vincent: The former “Blue Peter” stars

Ed Miliband: The former Labor leader

Harry Cullen: The landlord of The Oxford Bar

Prue Leith: “Great British Bake-Off” star

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