The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland. The festival takes place in August and features a wide range of performances, including theater, comedy, music, dance, and circus. It was founded in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, and has since grown to become the largest arts festival in the world, with over 3,000 shows and an estimated 2.5 million attendees each year. The Fringe is known for its eclectic and diverse program, and is a platform for both established and emerging artists to showcase their work. The Fringe is an open access festival, which means that anyone can participate, and it is organized by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, a charity that supports and promotes the arts. The Fringe also includes a number of awards, including the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and the Edinburgh International Festival Critics’ Award.