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Making the most of the Edinburgh Festival and Festival Fringe

Welcome to FringeGuru, your personal guide to the Edinburgh Festival.  Written and run by Edinburgh residents, proudly local and fiercely independent, FringeGuru's here to help you make the most of the Festival this year.  We've dozens of pages of practical advice, and we hope you'll enjoy what we have to offer.  To get you started, we've picked out a few of our most popular articles below.

Edinburgh Festival ticket news

What do I need to book now?

"The calendar's rolled forward into July and there's just one short month to go to the Edinburgh Festival.  June was a busy month for programme launches and ticket releases - so let's pause, catch our breath, and review what we all need to get booking now..."

Read the latest Festival ticket news >>

How can I find out what's on at the Fringe?

"This year's programme weighs in at a hernia-inducing 288 pages, despite the fact that each show gets just 40 words to sell itself.  It's free to collect, either from the Fringe Office on Edinburgh's High Street or from selected branches of HMV nationwide..."

Find out more about the Edinburgh Fringe programme >>

How can I pick a show?

"It's big, it's brash and it weighs about a pound.  It's the Fringe programme, and we've had our hands on it for a couple of weeks now.  Craig Thomson, FringeGuru's Fringe Editor, and general editor Richard Stamp got together to share their initial impressions..."

Read our first take on this year's Fringe >>

What's new at the Festival this year?

"The Festival scene is hotting up right now, with programmes launched and ticket sales well underway.  But plenty's already happened since last year's shindig - with news of a major new venue, changes at the top of the festivals and some controversial parting advice from Fringe supremo Paul Gudgin..."

Check our summary of this year's changes >>

More about the Edinburgh Festival

What's the Festival? 

"Believe it or not, there's no single Edinburgh Festival. With the charm and confusion which so characterises the city at Festival time, August sees the arrival of ten separate cultural bunfights - arranged by independent organizers, with quite separate agendas, but which just happening to be taking place in the same city at the same time..."

Read more about Edinburgh's 10 summer Festivals >>

What's the Festival Fringe? 

"The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, usually just called The Fringe, is what most people picture when they think of Edinburgh at Festival time. Brash and unruly, organized yet uncontrolled, the Fringe is as old as the International Festival itself; it began in 1947 when eight acts turned up uninvited to the first ever Festival, and has grown unstoppably ever since..."

Read more about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe >>

When does it happen?

"The multiplicity of events and festivals competing for your attention during the summer means there's no single answer to the question of when to come to Edinburgh. In 2007, it all gets started on 27 July with the Jazz and Blues Festival, and runs right through until 2 September when the International Festival signs off with its famous firework display..."

Read more about the Festival calendar >>

What else is going on?

"Edinburgh's festival calendar is punctuated by three major events, roughly marking out the start, high-water mark, and end of the showtime season. In early August, it all kicks off with the Festivals Cavalcade through the city centre; Fringe Sunday follows in the middle of the month, and the curtain is brought down by the spectacular Festival Fireworks in early September..."

Read more about Edinburgh Festival events >>