Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With many venues reporting sell-out shows, the 68th year of the Edinburgh Festival attracted visitors from around the globe. Wikinews' Brian McNeil roamed the city for the four weeks of the event, capturing the colour, spectacle, and comedy, in photos.

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Visitors crowd onto Edinburgh's High Street, adjacent to the Tron Kirk, for the first day of the 2014 Festival Fringe.
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A street performer sets up in Hunter Square, next to one of the city's golden postboxes, unpacking paraffin for his act.
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View across Edinburgh's High Street (Royal Mile) onto the top of Cockburn Street.
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A musician prepared for Scotland's unpredictable weather at the side of the Tron Kirk.
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The Tron pub, next to the top of Blair Street, advertises live comedy in the basement, along with their 3am license.
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A performer balances on top of a bollard just inside the pedestrianised part of the High Street.
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Tourists on the High Street for the 2014 fringe.
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Tourists mingle with performers handing out fliers on the Edinburgh High Street.
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Track-suited performers wait to go onstage in the High Street.
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A troupe performs for the crowd in traditional dress.
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A troupe performs for the crowd in traditional dress.
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Performers on Edinburgh's High Street for the Festival Fringe 2014. In the distance, the Firth of Forth.
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Crowd looks on as performer spins disk on a stick before throwing it high into the air.
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Performer throwing spinning disk from stick into the air.
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Performer throws spinning disk high overhead.
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Fliers and posters advertise a few of the shows on-offer at this year's Fringe.
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Stall selling tied-balloon creations with Fringe show fliers as backdrop.
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Edinburgh's 'Auld Reekie Tours' (Venue 129) advertising their underground and graveyard tours of the city.
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Food stall situated at the side of the Tron Kirk.
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Blackboards list the day's, and tommorrow's, performances on the doors of the Tron Kirk in Edinburgh's High Street.
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The bar, with stained-glass window backdrop, inside the Tron Kirk.
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Susana Silva, more-used to busking, performs inside the Tron Kirk on the Fringe's opening day.
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Susana Silva performing in the Tron Kirk, Edinburgh fringe 2014.
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Susana Silva performing in the Tron Kirk, Edinburgh fringe 2014.
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Pat Dennis, Sean O'Malley with Michael Dodds on Cajon.
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Pat Dennis, Sean O'Malley and Michael Dodds performing in the Tron Kirk.
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Pat Dennis, Sean O'Malley and Michael Dodds performing in the Tron Kirk.
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Pat Dennis, Sean O'Malley and Michael Dodds performing in the Tron Kirk.
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Crowds in Edinburgh's Grassmarket for the 2014 Festival.
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Street performers in the Grassmarket.
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Bruce Fummey performing his 2014 Fringe show, "Aaah'm Votin YES" in The Beehive.
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A few minutes walk from The Beehive, a busker plays with an array of effects pedals.
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View down the Grassmarket from the West Bow end.
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View of St John's at the west end of Princes Street.
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Some people at the art & craft fair, in the grounds of St John's, enjoying themselves despite a downpour
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One of the city's tour buses, at the west-end of Princes Street.
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View of the Festival Wheel, situated in Princes Street Gardens.
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Various festivals take place in Edinburgh throughout the summer, including the The Guardian-sponsored Book Festival.
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View of the castle, with posters for Festival shows on the railings of Princes Street Gardens.
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Chalk art outisde the Scottish National Archives at the East-End of Princes Street.
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Banner for The Caves, just off the Cowgate.
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The Cowshed in Edinburgh's Cowgate; a venue well-liked by performers, apart from the beer prices.
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Musician walking up Niddry Street, with guitar in hard case.
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The Blind Poet, in Edinburgh's West Nicholson Street.
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Bar staff, working in The Blind Poet on Nicholson Street.
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Baz Simpson, who organised The Wolf Sessions at The Blind Poet; before, and during, The Festival.
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Baz Simpson, who organised The Wolf Sessions at The Blind Poet; before, and during, The Festival.
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Performers in the Blind Poet, West Nicholson Street, last Saturday of the Festival Fringe.
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Performers in the Blind Poet, West Nicholson Street, last Saturday of the Festival Fringe.
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Performers in the Blind Poet, West Nicholson Street, last Saturday of the Festival Fringe.
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Performers in the Blind Poet, West Nicholson Street, last Saturday of the Festival Fringe.
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Aaron Robbie Wright, performing in The Blind Poet on the last Sunday of the 2014 Festival Fringe.
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Aaron Robbie Wright, performing in The Blind Poet on the last Sunday of the 2014 Festival Fringe.
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The High Street's taxi rank stretches from the top of Niddry Street halfway to the Scottish Parliament.
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Unfortunately, trouble at the High Street taxi rank is not uncommon - regardless of the festival being on, or not.
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Unfortunately, trouble at the High Street taxi rank is not uncommon - regardless of the festival being on, or not.
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Unfortunately, trouble at the High Street taxi rank is not uncommon - regardless of the festival being on, or not.
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Fringe performers, and flier distributors, come in all shapes and sizes.
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Some artists continued distributing fliers right up until the last couple of days of the Festival Fringe.
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Age is no barrier to busking during the Festival.
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With so many visitors, rubbish (garbage) is somewhat of an issue during the Festival.
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