Thousands of performers take to the streets of Edinburgh in one of the largest art festivals in the world, Festival Fringe. The festival, started in 1947, occurs every August for three consecutive weeks of wild entertainment and playful fun.

Impish character at the Fringe Festival

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Women performing a dance at Fringe

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Fireflies against a starry sky

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Woman jumping on man's shoulders

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fireflies in valley

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Performers caught in motion in the street

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Eccentric entertainers

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Entertainers standing like statues

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Performer breathing fire

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