The organizers call it the greatest show on Earth. You have to give them mad props, and nod in passive agreement. It happens 3 weeks every August. It’s happening now. Say helloooow to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – where i’m going to be next year, even if I have to sell some of the bulbous organs dangling in or outside my body.

Random shots of Fringe awesomeness – leeched from around the web. I’m giving credit where credit is due.

These two come from the Guardian’s compilation of awesome pictures here.

And this comes from the rather good looking blog of the Edinburgh Fringe Photographer:

Here’s the Fringe Festival’s  backstory, according to their website:

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

Our story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows anyway. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1959 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend.

And finally, here’s a cool preview of Proto-type Theatre’s Bonnie and Clyde Redux. It “recounts the infamous story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow on their three-year spree of bank robbery and murder, which ended abruptly in 1934 when they were ambushed and killed by police in Louisiana.”

Proto-type Theater in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest! from Proto-type on Vimeo.

Every man, woman, child and dog with their twitter and blog are at the Festival. I want! Next year, then.

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Apart from being an award-winning copywriter and content consultant, Hisham Wyne is an internationally recognised MC, presenter, speaker and broadcaster who helps the world’s best-known brands create memorable occasions. During his time in the Middle East, Hisham has collaborated extensively with blue-chip companies including Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Harley-Davidson and Aston Martin, and helped government concerns such as the Dubai Internet City, in5 and the Dubai Design District. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.