There are two types of Fringe goers: those that go for the shows, and those that go for the spontaneity. Personally I’m one of those that go for the shows, but I have a sneaky underlying reason – to celebrate cultural diversity. This aspect of Fringe goes right back to its roots, originally snowballing in the wake of Hitler’s tyranny during the Second World War, leading to new attitudes, lifestyles and skills to be introduced to Britain. Edinburgh Fringe embraced it then but what about now?
I can safely say this is exactly what the Fringe encompasses today, and more. Complimentary to its roots, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival couldn’t be more original or modern if it tried. The event continues to be innovative because it appreciates the individuality of cultures and generations, and turns them into a shared opportunity.
Walking down the most creative mile in Edinburgh gives sneak previews of what’s on offer – brief examples being; Where’s Wally hiding in a telephone box and a Japanese comedy act singing with dolls in the street. These quirky moments help show the random brilliance of the Fringe. For the spontaneous types, this event is unique in the prospect of us boring folk meeting the artists themselves. One of the most important things about this is that it creates a level ground both artists and visitors can interact on. It’s not black and white with rules and regulations, but purely based on the mentality of what makes people happy.
The layout of Fringe exudes an attitude which you can see from the main venues. The Udderbelly is one of the more extravagant, with appropriate drinking pastures to socialise in. The nearby surroundings are home to some of the quirkiest venues I’ve ever experienced. The Guilded Balloon offers quiet drinking areas, whilst the BBC Bubble and Pleasace Dome are the kind of places where perfect nights unravel, bumping into artists here and there.
The festival is unexpected, brilliant and everything it should be. Surprisingly it does still celebrate what it once centred around, but has also moved with the times. Edinburgh Fringe incorporates comedy, theatre, cabaret, dance, music, children’s shows and exhibitions. It provides a genuine opportunity to appreciate and experience the arts. It’s not only a place to celebrate cultures, but a place to experience life. There is an exciting world out there for you, just waiting for you to enjoy.