The results are in, the shutter down and Edinburgh, the Festival city is getting ready for whatever extravaganza is happening next – Hogmanay anyone?
And the hidden things that people don’t see have had their fanfare. What has been hidden?
This year during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, 85 sensory packs were provided for autistic children and adults to promote the inclusive nature of the Fringe. There were also £60,000 worth of vouchers and bus tickets given out to over 30 community groups and charities to encourage a wider cross section of the community to get to a Fringe event.
Over 1,000 of those pesky kids had artists come to see them and get them to come and for the very first time we saw BSL interpreters on the Royal Mile every single Saturday of the Fringe for the growing deaf audience in Scotland.
It is, of course, only right that we not only critique the performances of those who chose to come and share but of the people behind the organisation of the events. I have to say, once again, I am incredibly humbled. As well as the amount of organisation needed to make it happen. This is another layer of beauty added to the loveliness of the shows. I love and hate the Fringe in equal measure but this type of work makes me want to see it happen even more and not less…. Am away to lie down…