Edinburgh Festival: The world’s largest arts festival kicks off.

Thousands of performers from all over the world have descended on Edinburgh to kick off the world’s largest arts festival.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe will celebrate its 75th anniversary with over 3,000 shows from 58 countries.

Comedians Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee, and Al Murray will be among those performing.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo will return, and live audiences will return to indoor venues during the Edinburgh International Festival.

The president of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, said the new vision would make the festival more inclusive and accessible.

Macro, a free gala event by Gravity & Other Myths at Murrayfield Stadium, kicks off the Edinburgh International Festival later.

A 30-person troupe collaborates with the National Youth Choir of Scotland in Macro. There will be music, projections, drums, a massive light show, acrobatics, and dance.

On the final weekend of the international festival, the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a free finale gala at the Playhouse.

The finale gala will also be streamed live into Princes Street Gardens’ Ross Bandstand.

Dreamachine, a free immersive event during Unboxed: Creativity in the UK, uses light and sound to explore the potential of the human mind.

It was created by Collective Act and presented by Edinburgh Science. It features Turner Prize-winning artists Assemble, Grammy and Mercury Award-winning musician and composer Jon Hopkins, and a team of leading technologists, scientists, and philosophers.

On Saturday, the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra will also perform a free concert at Usher Hall.

The special concert, led by Canadian-Ukrainian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, is open to the Ukrainian community in Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Fringe presents its first full schedule of events since 2019.

Along with Scottish favourite Frankie Boyle, the lineup will include Josie Long, Phil Wang, Reginald D Hunter, and Nish Kumar.

Other big names include Sir Ian McKellen, who is starring in a new Hamlet production, Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon from Drag Race, and quizzer and comedian Paul Sinha.

Fringe Street Events will be held in new locations in St Andrew Square and St James Quarter this year.

According to organisers, this year’s topics will include refugees, race, women’s safety, disability, mental health, and climate change.

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