I spent the weekend, as I have done for the past decade, up in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see a film at the Filmhouse or visit the National Gallery, but I still had a nice time seeing some shows and going to a few other galleries (The National Portrait, The Fruitmarket, and The City Art Centre). I also don’t have any photos to post, I decided to save my 35mm and Super 8 film - It’s expensive stuff, and I already have a roll and a half of festival pictures from last year.
As Stewart Lee remarked in The Guardian, The Fringe has become increasingly commercialised and fragmented over the past two decades - however the pace is increasing. I noticed this year that even more public space was being taken up by ‘pop-up’ bars and restaurants. The price of the whole affair is becoming difficult to handle.
Despite all of this, I’ll still return next year, even if just for a quick weekend.