The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh definitely does not compare to anything I’ve seen in Vancouver and Vancouver has a great fringe festival (for theatre). The thing that overwhelms me is the Edinburgh festival includes everything – Vancouver has plenty of festivals, but they all tend to focus on one kind of show like the fringe festival, and quite often in a particular genre (eg. the Folk Music Festival).
I’ve been scrolling through the Edinburgh festival guide at the different musical acts, theatre and dance performances, comedy shows and exhibitions. It’s all very overwhelming.
There are hundreds of diffent shows in each category and they come in every imaginable genre. More than 2000 shows total.
I don’t know very many of these acts or these venues, but I know I want to see some shows over the next couple weeks. I just have no way to make up my mind about which ones.
Next week will probably be me walking around listening for music or looking at posters and seeing what’s on that day. I’ll probably also take advantage of some of the free shows around the city, especially in the park below the castle where they set up a big stage.