By Jo Finzi
The Edinburgh Festival has been voted the number one tourist experience in the UK according to readers of the Rough Guide series.
It now tops the list of 25 tourist experiences in the UK and Ireland including activities like, surfing in Newquay, experiencing the Glastonbury Festival and hiking in Snowdonia.
Mark Ellingham, series editor and Rough Guides founder, sums up his UK readers’ views: “When we think of holidays, a lot of people immediately associate this with going abroad. But, believe it or not, you don’t actually have to jump on a plane to have an amazing time.”
The Fringe and Beyond
The city of Edinbugh certainly has a lot to offer this month. The official Edinburgh International Festival, from 10th August to 2nd September, concentrates on what some like to call “the high arts,” a classical collection of dance theatre and opera to rival any in the world.
While this is going on, the now famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival 5th-27th August has already kicked in. Its performances are more spontaneous, zany and sometimes just simply outrageous. In 2006 the fringe offered 28,014 performances of 1867 shows in 261 venues, with a total of 17,000 performers. Impressive!
True to the guidelines laid down when it started in 1947, anybody who can raise the funds to pay for a venue is welcome to join in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
No wonder it’s the largest arts festival in the world, and 60 years on, the organisers are bound to pull something special out of the hat for 2007. Let’s hope the weather is kind to the outdoor entertainers, after the deluges that descended on the UK in July.
For more information on this year’s fringe productions check out: http://www.edfringe.com/
For all the details on the Edinburgh International Festival of classical music, theatre, opera and dance go to: http://www.eif.co.uk/