For three weeks in August the Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens the doors, streets and alleyways of an entire city to an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.
From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
2016 saw 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Scotland’s capital city. It's a sprawling, anarchic, sleepless month of live performances. There are 643 free shows and 164 pay what you want shows at the 2016 Fringe - so it looks like Fringe 2017 is set to be a cracker!
Don't miss out on the Half Price Hut - located on the Mound Precinct and is a great place to grab a bargain with thousands of half price tickets available. Check out the opening times here.
Set your watch accurately - Lots of shows won't admit latecomers, so make sure you're there before the start! And remember "Fringe Time"; days run from 5am to 4:59am, so a show listed as 1am on Friday night is actually in the early hours of Saturday morning. Make sure your tickets are for the right show on the right day. Get familiar with Edinburgh and the locations of shows (pick up a map from all Fringe box offices or online) - allow yourself enough time to get from one place to the other.
Enjoy Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 and stay safe!