A Taste of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in London’s Shoreditch

Polly Scattergood performing in Hackney, London, England in July 2009 at Shoreditch Festival. Image by katieblench via Wikimedia Commons.

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Inspired by Edinburgh’s iconic Fringe Festival, the streets of Shoreditch in London see a free programme of art and culture throughout July as part of the annual Shoreditch Festival.

From the 14th to the 21st July, Shoreditch hosts high quality, imaginative performances and entertainment along the Regent’s Canal and across Shoreditch, with plenty of hotels near Liverpool Street station, if you need somewhere to stay during the festivities.

The festival opens on July 14th with street dancing, circus acts, live music and more at the Hoxton Street Party, and there is loads going on throughout July. Just before the official opening of the festival, on 13th Shoreditch Park hosts the Shoreditch Games sporting event where hundreds of young people from local schools are given the chance to compete in a range of sports in order to win prizes.

Then there is the Shoreditch Bark Dog Show at Shoreditch Park Amphitheatre, with dogs being judged in categories including “Waggiest Tail” and “Hoxton’s Hottest Dog”, but the biggest celebrations are no doubt when the festival culminates in a weekend of live music along the Regent’s Canal.

Collaborating with Shoreditch Trust, the Barbican Centre of theatre and dance brings a range of live music, theater, dance, storytelling and art to the festival, where visitors can watch floating stages, discover surprising performances and participate in family activities in a relaxing vintage picnic area.

Not only that but the Shoreditch Festival will be welcomes the One Hackney Festival parade on Whitmore Road, and this year, the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Kingsland Road.

This is certainly a festival not to be missed!

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