The world's biggest arts festival, Edinburgh Fringe 2019, kicks off this week. We introduce our Miro Magazine reviews coverage from our four expert critical voices:

And it’s time again. Summer has sprung, both heatwave and rainstorm. Wimbledon is done and the music festivals are in full season.

So naturally, it’s time for the largest arts festival in the world – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019. For three weeks the city is tranformed, ready to welcome an influx of experimentation, innovation and creative inspiration.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
Image courtesy of © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Now in its 72nd year, the Fringe 2019 brings with it a number of exciting anniversaries that celebrate the rich tapestry of performance in all its guises. Hot topics this year include climate change, true crime, herstory and immigration.

New venues also spring up galore, with ZOO Playground a new haunt and Gilded Balloon expanding its reach with two new sites – Patter House and Old Tolbooth Market.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 dressed.
Nobahar Mahdavi, Josie Dale-Jones, Lydia Higginson & Olivia Norris in dressed (image courtesy of Lidia Crisafulli)

Famous faces are a fringe staple – this year’s include Tony Award-winning Anais Mitchell, #MeToo activist Rose McGowan, Game of Thrones star Daniel Portman and children’s TV icon Basil Brush.

The biennial British Council Showcase also returns, bringing with it successes such as Burgerz; I’m A Phoenix, Bitch; dressed; Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster and The Believers Are But Brothers.

Phoenix Bitch Battersea Arts Centre
Bryony Kimmings in I’m A Phoenix, Bitch (image courtesy of Rosie Powel)

A few exciting facts and figures about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019:

  • Total shows: 3,841 (up 293 from last year)
  • Total venues: 323 (up 6 from last year)
  • Total number of Performances: 59,600 (up 2,804 from last year)
  • Countries represented: 63 (8 more than last year)

Here at Miro Magazine, we are incredibly excited to celebrate our third year in the middle of the action, with reviews from our four dedicated fringe critics.

See you there to #MakeYourFringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019
Image courtesy of © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 runs from 2 – 26 August 2019. For further information, please visit the festival website.

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