Courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe/James Ratchford

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world – there were 50,000 plus performances last year – and visitors spend three weeks immersing themselves in everything from theatre and comedy to dance, circus, cabaret and music. We’re particularly looking forward to the outdoor cinemas, showing Scottish epics like Braveheart (in August, it’s not unreasonable to hope for mild temperatures, even in the UK), and Amy Schumer’s appearance.

Shows will take place in a wide range of venues, including the Edinburgh Playhouse (which can seat 30,000 people and is about to turn 85) and Udderbelly (a giant travelling purple cow that has recently been to Hong Kong). The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is “proud to include… anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them”. Time to test out your bedroom stand-up act.

– The festival started in 1947
– This year 34% of the festival’s content is comedy, 27% is theatre and 15% is music
– There will be a total of 3,269 shows
– 48 countries will be represented
– Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie all got their big breaks here.

Friday 5th – Monday 29th