Fringe festival

A member of the public has their picture taken with street performer during The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Picture date: Monday August 5, 2013. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month in what is said to be the world's biggest arts festival. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues, an increase of 6.5% on last year's programme.

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A member of the public has her picture taken with a street performer during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries have taken to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues.

Laura Cairns promotes the show Hag, as The Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens with a record number of acts ready to entertain audiences. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries will take to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital for the next month in what is said to be the world's biggest arts festival. Organisers said 2013 will be a record year with 2,871 shows to be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues, an increase of 6.5% on last year's programme.

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Laura Cairns promotes the show Hag at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which opens on Friday with a record number of acts. Comedians, musicians, dancers and actors from more than 40 countries will take to the streets and stages of the Scottish capital until August 26 in what is said to be the world’s biggest arts festival. During the course of the event, 2,871 shows will be performed by 24,107 artists in 273 venues, an increase of 6.5 per cent on last year’s programme.