Edinburgh Fringe Round-Up

Visits to Scotland’s capital city are expected to rise by a third in the next four years, with the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe at the heart of the tourism activity. The month long festival will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. The programme of events will be bigger, and better than ever. To get you in the mood before booking your 2017 trip, here’s an Edinburgh Fringe round-up 2016 and some top tips.

A quick look at the numbers

So the sun sets on an extraordinary #edfringe. A HUGE thank you to everyone who made it happen! See you in 2017!

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In 2016, the city welcomed performances from across the globe with an estimated 2.5 million tickets sold. Thousands of people also attended over 600 free shows. Spectators at the final Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance this year were treated to a sneak peak of the theme for 2017.

 

Funniest Joke

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Each year, comedy channel Dave awards one comedian with ‘Funniest joke of the Fringe’. The pressure is on for both old and new comedy talent to perform. This year West Brompton Comedian Masai Graham scooped the award with his one liner: “My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart.” Read the top 15 funniest jokes here.

 

Apex Grassmarket

The Apex Grassmarket Hotel is always jam-packed with festival go-ers as Sweet Venues take over the hotel’s conference and events space. This year you loved the only Donald Trump Show at the fringe, ‘Trumpageddon’, a sell-out most days. Meanwhile, original projection dancer, Katsumi Sakakura appeared with comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine in a Japanese iki show. There’s no better place to stay in Edinburgh if you want to be in the thick of it.

 

Food & Drink

From pop-up restaurants to famous food trucks, there’s a raft of culinary journeys to embark on. At the heart of the activity is Tony Singh’s restaurant in the Apex Grassmarket Hotel. In just one festival packed day, a massive 370 of you ate Tony’s fusion food mash up. Your favourite item on the menu was the pork doughnut. These were flying out the kitchen at every service.

 

Festival Fireworks

Each year the Virgin Money Fireworks bring the Edinburgh International Festival to a close. This spectacular event uses more than four tonnes of explosives and sees over 400,000 fireworks over Edinburgh Castle, and this year drew crowds of 250,000 people. Here’s a list of great spots to watch the fireworks from.