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Edinburgh Fringe Feels Fringe No More???

By • West End
Though the Edinburgh Fringe started as a spin-off of the official Edinburgh International Festival, now in its 58th year, it is by no means the poor cousin anymore (See News, 6 Aug 2004). In fact, it is – and has for many years – been the world’s largest arts festival in its own right and, in future, that dominance may be reflected in its title. William Burdett-Coutts of the Assembly Rooms, one of the Fringe’s leading venues, has gone so far as to suggest that the Fringe should now highjack the Edinburgh International Festival from the parent event in recognition of the dominance of the now fully grown child. That suggestion seems like it’s being taking seriously by Fringe director Paul Gudgin. Although Gudgin hasn’t endorsed the name theft per se, he has invited proposals for a new title.

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