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If you’ve never been to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this year could be the year to visit. The largest arts festival in the world, the Fringe is the place to see established acts and discover the next big thing. Running from 7 – 31 August, with over 3,000 performances featuring all forms of artistic endeavour, deciding what to see can be overwhelming. Before I go, I pre-book tickets for shows I know I want to see and then leave space for the shows creating a buzz that you discover once you’re there.
This year’s programme features disability heavily. The Abnormally Funny People Show, which I’m co-producing, is a good place to start. I would say that wouldn’t I? It features a varied line up of acts throughout the run, with a token non-disabled act for inclusion’s sake. Many of the acts are performing their own solo shows too and we will publicise them via our website and social media.
Over the years, access has improved but is not certain with so many types of venues so it’s worth checking your access needs. I’d extend your day out to three days if you can. Accommodation can be expensive and scarce so search thoroughly. Allow spending money for food and, of course, the shows. Some are free (audience contribution) and many shows cost around £10 – £15 a ticket. Concessions are sometimes available and it’s cheaper and easier to visit earlier in the month.
Simon has been a Director of Sminty Ltd since 2001, and works with major corporate organisations in the UK and worldwide on mainstreaming disability equality. He is an Associate to the Employer’s Forum on Disability, (EFD) and Broadcasters and Creative Industries Disability Network (BCIDN). Simon Minty and Steve Best registered Abnormally Funny People Ltd in July 2006, and co-produces their monthly comedy podcast The Abnormally Funny People Show. abnormallyfunnypeople.com
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