Over the last month 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues have kept Edinburgh Festival Fringe performers and audiences busy and, today [August 31], organisers confirmed that, with still the final day’s total to be tallied, tickets sales had risen by 5.24% with over 2,298,000 tickets issued.
For Kath Mainland, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the festival has been one to remember. “As this year’s Fringe draws to a close, we can reflect on what a spectacular success it has been. Once again artists and audiences have travelled from across the globe to be a part of this unique cultural event.”
She continued: “And with an estimated 2,298,090 tickets issued and many thousands of people attending the 800 free shows in the programme, I’ve no doubt every single person who watched a Fringe show, or experienced this wonderful festival city, will take away unforgettable memories.”
Sir Tim O’Shea, Fringe Society Chair, recognised the effort of the theatre companies in making the festival a success. “On behalf of everyone who visited and enjoyed this year’s Fringe, I would like to thank all the creative souls, both onstage and backstage, who brought their work here. Their courage, creativity and sheer hard work are unrivalled anywhere in the world, and without them, the Fringe simply wouldn’t be possible.”
Continually growing, the festival saw new initiatives this year including over £173,000 worth of tickets being made available to children and young people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go to the fringe. The festival was also marked bu the issue of a special postmark, the first time in the Royal Mail’s 500-year history that a festival has been featured on a postmark.
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