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Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Edinburgh Festival: Biggest arts festival in the world begins in the UK
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Thousands of performers from across the world are in Edinburgh for the start of the world's biggest arts festival, the BBC reported.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will see more than 3,000 shows from 58 countries mark its 75th anniversary, it said.

Cammy Day, City of Edinburgh Council leader, said: "This is a very special year for the Fringe, not only does it see the return of a jam-packed programme of artists and performers from across the globe, it is also marks 75 years of this remarkable festival."

Its line-up will include comedians Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee and Al Murray.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns, while the Edinburgh International Festival will have live audiences for the first time since the pandemic.

This year's Fringe Street Events will be extended to new locations in St Andrew Square and St James Quarter.

Organisers said issues tackled this year will include refugees, race, women's safety, disability, mental health and climate change.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: "After the challenges of the last two years, it feels more important than ever to celebrate the diverse selection of work on display at the Fringe, spanning the genres of theatre, dance, circus, physical theatre, comedy, music, musicals, opera, cabaret, variety, children's shows, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

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"Venues, producers and artists have created an amazing array of performances and events which dig into some of the most topical themes being discussed in the world today.

"This is an opportunity for us all to laugh, cry, celebrate and be entertained together, living in this one incredible moment and looking ahead to the future of the Fringe and the many momentous moments yet to come."

Meanwhile the Fringe holds its first full programme of events since 2019.