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The 'Fringe Faces' perform the "The French queer dance" !

The Edinburgh Festival will be bigger than ever this year, in fact, it will be physically impossible to watch even a tenth of the 2453 shows on offer. To get ourselves in the mood we’ve been watching some archive Fringe films, in particular this great 1963 video log.

We love some of the stranger acts on offer. Today many of the Fringe’s acts are mega stars, with appearances from television faces Russell Brand, Ricky Gervais and Simon Amstell. Back in the 60s it really was people on the outer fringes of stardom…!

The festival is understandably a very commercial affair today, but its roots are planted in a passion for the arts as can be seen in British Pathe’s footage of the festival. The 1963 video shows Benjamin Britten discussing music with the festival’s then artistic director Lord Harewood.

Some posters from the 1963 Edinburgh Fringe

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