Ever since American student theatre companies began arriving in the 1960s, the Edinburgh festival has become the largest multi-arts trade fair in the world. National showcases on the Fringe this year visit from as far afield as Finland, Canada, Switzerland and Taiwan, writes David Pollock.
The Edinburgh festival isn’t just the largest arts festival in the world, it’s also the largest multi-arts trade fair. The Fringe has been a player in this regard ever since American student theatre companies began arriving in the 1960s and Richard Demarco started sourcing artists from behind the Iron Curtain soon after.
Especially since the turn of this century, and the arrival of the internet and its new connection possibilities, the number of countries from around the world showcasing their finest performing arts in Edinburgh has ballooned. Now returning en masse after the COVID years, the following organised showcases will feed audiences’ appetites for international work and a flavour of what’s happening closer to home. Follow the links for full listings. … link to full length article at The Scotsman.
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