VIDEO: Circus arts flourish at Edinburgh Fringe

Artists in Edinburgh are taking advantage of the presence of friends and colleagues to collaborate, experiment and train together.

Image: Gravity and Other Myths’s A Simple Space via

The 2014 Edinburgh Fringe is now in full swing, with 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across Scotland’s capital city. But the world’s largest arts festival isn’t just an opportunity for artists to showcase their work: it’s also a rare opportunity to catch up with old friends, swap ideas and expertise, and in the case of some of our best circus companies, to train together and share skills.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts