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Edinburgh Festival Fringe

5 - 27 August

The 60th Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers many tasty treats for everyone.  With so much to choose from, we've picked a few highlights for you - check out the Fringe website for more!

Music highlights

If you fancy seeing some of the best new bands, top acts, free music and concerts from every musical style, then the Edinburgh Fringe is the place to be!

Highlights include the Best of T-Break, showcasing some of the best new unsigned Scottish bands, as seen at T in the Park along with T on the Fringe, bringing the Foo Fighters, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan and the Kaiser Chiefs, amongst others, to Edinburgh this August.

Scottish acts appearing at the Fringe include Blazin’ Fiddles, Shooglenifty, Whistlebinkies, Dougie MacLean, Malinky, McCalmans and Michael Marra. You can ‘Celebrate the Music of the Scottish Harp’ with Catriona McKay and Chris Stout) and dance the night away with Salsa Celtica.

The 28th Festival of British Youth Orchestras  brings orchestras from across the country to Edinburgh and the Fettes Jazz Festival brings you jazz performers such as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, Brian Kellock Trio and the Colin Steele Quintet.

Kidsamonium is a magical musical event enabling 6 -14 year olds to experience the power and freedom of jazz. Tom Bancroft's won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in Jazz for this innovative event where a crack(pot) troupe of characters create a series of hilarious performances and musical games to watch and join in. 

Don't miss Sounds of Progress with Blind Gurl and the Crips, part of Degenerate 4, described as 'exquisite singing... potent...thought provoking' by Stage.

Drama highlights

There are hundreds of shows to choose from during the festival, but we've highlighted just a few below. 

The Ballad is an imagery based piece of physical theatre that tells simple Scottish ballads, through the precise crafts of mime, dance and some aerial work.  Aye! Productions is an Aberdeen based theatre company, began touring its first production of The Ballad in the Spring of 2005.  This version is performed as a duet and is new to the Edinburgh Fringe 2007.

Subway from Vanishing Point, features a six-piece Kosovan band and concentrates on the future and the world’s political landscape in highly visual way.  This is a co-production between the Edinburgh Traverse and the Glasgow Tron theatres. Subway is an incredibly mature and futuristic piece that is heightened by the sensational live music. 

The Art of Laughter is a physical comedy piece looking into the technicalities of laughter and how to make an audience laugh. Throughout the performance, Jos Houben explains to the audience how to engage them while practising what he preaches and making them laugh.

Dance Highlights

There are many dance performances taking place throughout the Fringe. As well as Dance Base's Fringe programme which consists of Global, Quantum, Timeless and Stratospheric, highlights include:

Red Shoes by Company Chordelia is dynamic dance/theatre taking themes from the Hans Christian Andersen story and Powell-Pressinger film. It is a darkly comedic, one-woman epic of passion and horror, featuring aerial work. For ages 14 plus.

Sorry for the Missiles - Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland's leading dance company performs this powerful and emotionally-charged new work by 2007 Peter Darrell Choreographic Award-winner Vanessa Haska.

Morceaux Choisis and Ragnarok by X-Factor Dance Company are two stunning works from award-winning international choreographer Philippe Decoufle and leading Scottish choreographer Alan Greig. This is an Edinburgh permiere which shouldn't be missed!


Theatre Workshop's Fringe programme

Theatre Workshop's Degenerate 4, Scotland's leading international disability festival brings you drama, comedy and risque caberet - from Sound of Progress and their acclaimed 'Blind Gurl and the Crips' to 'An Audience with the Crippendales', fresh from the award-winning Channel 4 documentary.

Theatre Workshop also has a programme of theatre, dance, musicals, music and exhibitions. Visit the Theatre Workshop Fringe website for full information - including details of signed performances.

See also
* Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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