Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society (EFFS) is coordinating the first ever World Fringe Day (WFD) on 11 July, which will celebrate the founding of the fringe movement in 1947.
Over 200 fringes will participate in WFD, including Adelaide Fringe in Australia and Edmonton International Fringe in Canada. The day has been made possible by a grant of GBP100,000 (€117,500) from Creative Scotland.
“This is an incredible opportunity for fringe organisers, venues, participants and audiences to take part in a truly international celebration of creativity that will transcend national boundaries, demonstrating the power of arts and culture to bring people together,” enthused EFFS chief executive Shona McCarthy.
Added Tony Lankester, CEO of National Arts Festival, South Africa: “In 2017, more than ever before, we need to hear the world’s artists and storytellers loudly and clearly and, more importantly, we need to preserve and promote the spaces in which they can be heard. Nowhere is that done more effectively than on the stages of the world’s fringe festivals. At 70 years old the global fringe movement is more relevant than ever.”