Festival season takes us to… The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

17-Aug-2011

Summer is the season of tightly packed festivals taking place across the UK. We have been through the traditionally muddy Glastonbury Festival and the vibrant Reading and Leeds Festival. Of course, there have been many more of them taking us on exciting cultural adventures throughout the last few months.

At the moment The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, one of the largest arts festival in the world, is in full swing. Every August, thousands of performers flock for three weeks to Scotland’s capital city to present shows for every taste. You can rub shoulders with the biggest names in entertainment as well as be the first to see the rise of future international artists. The festival has something to offer for every taste and includes: theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

It all goes back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival (created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War). Although those groups were not invited and as a result were not part of the official programme, they just went and performed their shows. Every year after that there were more and more performers who followed in their steps. As a response to the trend in 1959 the Festival Fringe Society was created.

How to use it with your students:

Getting there: Ask students to work in groups and plan a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can ask them to focus on the following points:
What means of transport are they going to choose?
Car Share: http://gocarshare.com/, https://edinburgh.liftshare.com/default.asp
By rail: http://www.eastcoast.co.uk/
By air: to and from the airport

What to see: As there are over 2,400 shows it would be hard to see it all. Ask students to work in groups and choose the shows they would like to see: http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on and make sure they have time to move between the venues http://www.edfringe.com/planning-your-trip/venue-map

Stay warm and dry: Students are planning a trip to Scotland, a country famous for delivering a weather show of four seasons in one day. There is no bad weather, just the wrong clothes! Some activities on the English Campus: “The weather in Scotland”, “The weather”, “The weather forecast”. You can also type in the Word & Phrase Search “clothes”.

Festivals Web Project: On the English Campus you can find a web project “Festivals around the world”. You can divide students into groups and assign one festival from the project to a group. They present the findings to the other groups.

Organize a festival: Put students into groups and ask them to organise a festival. They need to come with: the name, dates, events, artists, place of the festival. They present their ideas to the other groups and they choose the best idea for a festival.

Joanna

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