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EDINBURGH 3 Aug – 2 Sep 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe court the world
Edinburgh International Festival (Aug 9-Sep 2) anticipated that international visitors to the 2012 Olympics in

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EDINBURGH 3 Aug - 2 Sep 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe court the world
Edinburgh International Festival (Aug 9-Sep 2) anticipated that international visitors to the 2012 Olympics in London will head north afterward to sample Scotland's annual arts extravaganza, and they broadened the search for performers: the 3000 artists will be drawn from 47 countries. The EIF and the parallel Fringe Festival (Aug 3-27) are billed as the largest festivals of their kind in the world. They draw millions of visitors. Jazz, film and literature festivals and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 3-25) offer more entertainment bounty. The

EDINBURGH 3 Aug - 2 Sep 2012 Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe court the world
Edinburgh International Festival (Aug 9-Sep 2) anticipated that international visitors to the 2012 Olympics in London will head north afterward to sample Scotland's annual arts extravaganza, and they broadened the search for performers: the 3000 artists will be drawn from 47 countries. The EIF and the parallel Fringe Festival (Aug 3-27) are billed as the largest festivals of their kind in the world. They draw millions of visitors. Jazz, film and literature festivals and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Aug 3-25) offer more entertainment bounty. The Tattoo is putting on a special show to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

In an interview with Reuters on Apr 4, EIF Director Jonathan Mills said "What we're doing this year is not actually in one place, it's in many places ... 47 different nations from all over the world, because I thought in an Olympic year it was not appropriate to be in one isolated, or in one exclusive geographical area." The music, opera, theatre and dance performers come from Russia, the Americas, India, Australia, Africa, Europe, Japan and a host of other places. Musicians of the imperial household in Tokyo will provide a rare insight into the imperial court music and dance of Japan.

The EIF opens with a performance of the choral piece "A Mass of Life", by English composer Frederick Delius.

The Fringe offers off-beat shows that include standup comedy and magic performances. It started with a handful of EIF gatecrashers 65 years ago. In 2011, it drew 1,877,119 million visitors, becoming the largest festival of its kind in the world. The Scotsman reports that one of Edinburgh's most recognisable landmarks for more than 350 years - Tron Kirk - will be a Fringe venue for the first time. (WRITTEN APR 2012)

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Festivals web
http://www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk/

Edinburgh Festival embraces world in Olympic year (Reuters 4 Apr 2012)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/14/uk-arts-festival-edinburgh-idUSLNE82D03820120314

Tron Kirk to be new Edinburgh Fringe venue (Scotsman 5 Mar 2012)
http://www.scotsman.com/news/tron-kirk-to-be-new-edinburgh-fringe-venue-1-2215846

Date written/update: 2012-08-02