Week 1 – Edinburgh Fringe 2015

In August Edinburgh opens it’s doors up to the world by holding many Festivals at once. They are the International Festival,
Edinburgh Art Festival, Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Fringe, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Even with all these events happening my main focus will be on the Fringe.

The Fringe means a lot to me. Before focusing on photography full time, I performed as a Stand up comedian, and at one point had a full run of a show. I understand the intense feeling of what a lot of the performers are going through and I am happy to say this year I don’t have Fringe stress. I am taking the easy route this year and just observing.

Down the Royal Mile there are many street shows, human statues, and talented artists. Each of these artists will go to Fringe central in the morning and get put into a draw for a time slot. I take my hat off to them because no matter the weather, they will take their slot and do the best they can with it. Edinburgh rain can be absolutely soul draining.

This year the first week of the Fringe has been every so cloudy, with bouts of wind and rain. Still on the mile you will see the tourist enjoying themselves in various clothing. If they are from a hot country they will most likely be wearing a parka. I wish that were a joke.

The mile is very family friendly. It is also the place to sample acts that I have big shows. A lot of the time there will be joyous music heard from a choir handing out flyers. Personally if I hear any African choir it makes me want to dance.

Tshwane Gospel Choir, singing and dancing on the street.

Tshwane Gospel Choir, singing and dancing on the street.

Promotion for the show ITARA The Cuba you haven't seen!

Promotion for the show ITARA The Cuba you haven’t seen! Singing in the Grassmarket.

A sample of Street Performers.

A sample of Street Performers. These ones look depressed already and it is only the first week. Hopefully the sun will come out at some point.

Street Artist.

Street Artist.

Dusty Boots from Alice Springs. He makes his show fun for the whole family. Hopefully you will catch him on the Mile.

Dusty Boots from Alice Springs. He makes his show fun for the whole family. Hopefully you will catch him on the Mile.

Never a dull moment on the Royal Mile. This guy is excellent if you want a photo opportunity.

Never a dull moment on the Royal Mile. This guy is excellent if you want a photo opportunity.

This weeks Fringe recommendations:

  • The Drugs Don’t Work at The Stand Comedy Club 7:15pm
  • Jollyboat: Nerdplay at Movement 5:00pm – Free
  • Old Men In Black at The Beehive Inn 2:40pm – Free
  • Bec Hill: Caught on Tape at the Gilded Balloon 5:30pm
  • Rik Carranza: Charming at The Counting House 6:45pm – Free
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