Arts & Culture

Edinburgh Fringe issues over one million tickets, but support still needed for sector

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Edinburgh Fringe has issued over one million tickets for this year’s festival programme, which will run until August 28. 

With Fringe 2023 almost at the midway point, thousands of people have watched street performances and free shows as well as paid performances.

Organisers have noted that while this key moment is an important milestone, the festival and wider cultural sector still have much to achieve in their continued post-pandemic recovery. Organisers have encouraged those visiting Edinburgh and the festival to explore and see as many shows as possible to support the sector’s recovery.

Between 11:00 and 18:00 each day, audiences have been flocking to the street events to experience performances from local and international artists. In addition to the outdoor programme, there are 439 free shows and 614 ‘pay what you can/want’ shows across a number of venues.

“Last autumn when we reviewed the challenges facing the 2023 Fringe, we entered this year with uncertainty about what this summer would look like,” said Shona McCarthy, chief executive, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

“Despite the current cost-of-living crisis, audiences have jumped straight into the Fringe programme and are exploring performance across every genre. With the average ticket price less than £12 (€13.96/$15.25), it is the artists and venues who have worked tirelessly to ensure the Fringe is as accessible as possible.

“I encourage you to continue to support this important event, book more tickets and ‘Fill Yer Boots’ with everything this extraordinary festival has to offer.”

The Fringe Central: Artist Hub, located in the Quaker Meeting House, has welcomed hundreds of artists for networking and a programme of events. The Fringe app has also had over 55,000 downloads.