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Five things to do at the Edinburgh Fringe 2009

An inside look into five top events at this summer’s Fringe festival in Edinburgh

It’s the biggest arts festival in the world, with something for everyone: theatre, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions and much, much more. Here’s a sneak preview into the AJ’s top five events in this year’s festival:

1. Laughing Horse Free Festival 

Back by popular demand, The Laughing Horse’s Free Festival features a daily comedy hour of four top comedians. With the best in laughter every day, and a different selection of comedians at every show, this hour is always fresh, funny and absolutely free!

When: daily 13.40 - 14.35, 2 - 26 August
Where: Smirnoff Underbelly
Tickets: free admission


2. Theatre for Breakfast
Start you daily news viewing with a twist by watching one of six specially commissioned plays making their debut at the festival. The collection, entitled The World Is Too Much, by the UK’s most exciting playwrights responds to current world events. Enjoy some of the best new writing around with complimentary coffee and a breakfast roll.

When: daily 9 - 9.30 / 9.30 - 10 am, throughout August
Where: Traverse Theatre
Tickets: £10


3. Absolutely free live music
At Whistlebinkies live music bar preview up-and-coming bands and solo artists every night during the festival. Sundays to Thursdays are free entry featuring up to 4 live bands until 3am; Fridays and Saturdays feature up to 6 acts, free entry before Midnight. Bar open from 1pm until 5am. Mondays are open-mic nights and Tuesdays are band showcase events.

When: daily from 9pm, throughout August
Where: Whistlebinkies
Tickets: free admission


4. Camera Infinita - A Distance between the World and Home
Don’t forget to check out the Edinburgh Arts Festival. The Camera Infinita exhibition explores Japanese and European approaches to the construction and inhabitation of internal and external spaces, and the overcoming of spatial confinement and encapsulation

When: 2 - 5 pm, Mon - Fri, (or by appointment) throughout August
Where: Edinburgh College of Art
Tickets: free admission


5. The World’s Wife
A new stage version of the Carol Ann Duffy’s acclaimed poems that imagine the wives’ perspective of famous men through the ages. From Frau Freud to Queen Kong, this darkly funny show slices through history and myth, casting an astute glance over the modern world. This passionate exposé will enthral lovers of Duffy’s poems and newcomers alike.

When: 1.50 pm, 6 - 31 August (not 12, 19)
Where: Assembly Rooms
Tickets: £11–£12




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