Edinburgh Fringe is already less than two months away, and the full programme is officially out for 2023. The Fringe Society launched the full Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme spanning over a total of 3,013 shows, celebrating the diverse genres of theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, musicals, opera, cabaret, variety, children’s shows, spoken word, exhibitions and events. Edinburgh Fringe will be delighting the city between August 4 and 28 this year.
The theme for this year’s programme cover is Fill Yer Boots, which means, according to Collins English Dictionary, “to get as much of something valuable or desirable as you can”. The message is the embodiment of the diversity of the abundance of shows at the Fringe this year, as well as all the previous years.
This year’s Edinburgh Fringe programme features 3,013 shows, tackling a wide variety of issues present in the world today, from the NHS to mental health, gender and gender identity, neurodiversity, race and racial identity, politics, class and climate action. As always, the festival brings together performers from all over the world, from born and bred artists to international acts, no matter their experience.
Festival goers are encouraged to support the artists themselves that are at the very heart of the cultural event. The Fringe is recognised as one of the most important cultural happenings on the planet, with artists and acts from 68 countries showing in local venues across Edinburgh this August. Going to shows spanning across all sorts of genres is what is going to support the performers the most.
Launching the 2023 Fringe programme, Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “Getting the programme out into the world is such an important moment for everyone involved in the Fringe, and most of all for the thousands of artists coming to Edinburgh this August.”
“The ideas, originality and passion that performers bring to Fringe stages every year is testament to the role that Edinburgh plays in celebrating and promoting their work to the world. The Fringe ‘23 programme is bursting with every kind of live performance, so whether theatre premieres are your thing, or the best of live comedy, street arts or circus, jump straight in and Fill Yer Boots with as much as you can.”
“To all the artists, venues, workers, technicians, promoters and support staff, thank you for making it happen, we wish you a wonderful Fringe. To Edinburgh’s local business community, we thank you for your continued support, and to Edinburgh and Scotland’s residents who come out in their thousands, and all our Fringe-goers who keep this phenomenal event relevant and sustained by coming to see the work, we can’t wait to explore the Fringe programme with you this August.”
To check out the available shows and book them, head to the Fringe website.