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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fact by fact through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society published its annual report a few days ago. It includes name-checks for all the various board members, sponsors and partner organisations, as you'd expect. 

It also includes the following head-spinning facts:
  • • www.edfringe.com was viewed 12 million times between June and August 2011 (1 million up on the year before)
  • • The Fringe apps for Android and iPhone were downloaded 45,084 times in 2011
  • • An estimated 1,877,119 people attended registered events
  • • Something like 21,192 performers took to the stage
  • • There were 607 free shows and 1319 premieres
  • • Comedy accounted for 37% of the programme, theatre 30% and music 14%

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Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.