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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-04084

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Reaches 75-year Milestone

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Friday, April 22, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Siobhian Brown, Jackson Carlaw, Foysol Choudhury, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Graeme Dey, Sharon Dowey, Jackie Dunbar, Russell Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Jenni Minto, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, Sue Webber, Martin Whitfield, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on its 75th anniversary; notes that it began in 1947 with eight companies taking a risk, turning up uninvited and performing on the “fringe” of the Edinburgh International Festival; acknowledges that there is now a global movement of more than 200 fringe festivals that all followed Edinburgh’s blueprint; celebrates that it is now a charity established by artists to nurture other artists, and the values of inclusivity, experimentation and imagination; understands that it includes theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, opera music and spoken word; recognises the enormous impact of Edinburgh’s festivals on the economy of Scotland and Edinburgh in particular; believes that the Fringe and other festivals play a large part in shaping the worldwide profile and culture of the city of Edinburgh; celebrates that the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has previously been voted top of the 500 must-do experiences in the UK by Lonely Planet; celebrates the creativity, energy and imagination of the artists, crew, staff, volunteers, organisers and audiences who come to Edinburgh each year, and wishes them all, in future Fringes and the anniversary celebrations, the best of luck.