It’s 2023, so that can only mean one thing: we have said goodbye to our beloved Christmas markets, and the next Edinburgh Fringe is coming closer: August is going to be creeping up on us sooner than we think. Whether you’re looking to see all the shows and drink at all the pop-up bars, sub-let your flat to earn some bank (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone), or leave the city altogether to avoid the crowds, preparation is vital.
Edinburgh Fringe is described as ‘the greatest celebration of arts and culture on the planet’, and it certainly lives up to the name. Edinburgh comes alive every year in August and is filled with positive vibes, pop-up bars and plenty of shows on and off the streets for everyone to enjoy. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy theatre shows, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events from all around the world.
Edinburgh Fringe will mark its 76th year honourably showcasing European, and now worldwide, cultural life. The Fringe was first founded in 1947 just after the Second World War to give people something to look forward to after an incredibly challenging time. By 1958, the festival has launched their box office and had seen tremendous growth ever since.
When is Edinburgh Fringe 2023?
This year, the festival will take place on August 4 – 28, and registration for this year’s Fringe acts begins on January 9. If you would like to register your show, you can do so here.
The first batch of the programme is expected to be released on February 16, followed by the second release on March 30, and a third batch being published on May 11.
The final announcement and the full programme of the shows will be out on June 8.
Where is The Fringe taking place?
While the exact locations have not been confirmed yet, every year we see similar spots like George Square Gardens, Bristo Square, Gilded Balloon, Underbelly, The Stand Comedy Club, The Pleasance Courtyard and multiple venues and bars across the city. We also expect (or rather hope) lots of free shows will be returning to The Three Sisters.