Edinburgh Fringe Festival gives cabaret its own section in festival brochure
August 1, 2011 by Gareth
Edinburgh Fringe Festival has recognised cabaret as a genre in its own right by giving it a designated section in this year’s festival brochure.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a cultural institution recognised around the globe, has never before recognised cabaret as a performing art in its own right. It is, by its very nature, somewhat difficult to define or to lump in with other categories. It features dance, comedy, circus performance and even burlesque dancing. But this year, with the rise in popularity of acts like burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, the Fringe Festival’s organisers have added cabaret as a definitive category of entertainment. This is recognised in the new section of the programme sent to the brochure printers.
Glasgow’s Club Noir and London’s Duckie are two cabaret-themed nights that show the rising popularity of the genre. The Festival Fringe brochure is the definitive programme of the hundreds of shows happening around Edinburgh and the inclusion of cabaret in this shows
“an acknowledgement that it is increasingly appealing to ticket buyers at the Fringe,”
says The Fringe’s Chief Executive, Kath Mainland. By using brochure printing to communicate this new commitment to tailoring the Fringe’s programme to meet the tastes of festival attendees, the festival may open its appeal up to a wider audience. This can only be a positive move for the performing arts industries in the UK.
This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5th to 29th August 2011 at various venues across the city.