Karen Koren: So many parties and so little time

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THIS is the week that the Festival Fringe is finally here. The launch parties have arrived and there is nearly one every day from today.

The first party will be in the Assembly Gardens in George Square, which is celebrating Assembly, Pleasance, Underbelly and the Gilded Balloon’s big programme together. Though what we are really doing is trying to sell tickets, so everyone is vying for space.

The next opening launch show will be Underbelly tomorrow night. On Thursday night we will be doing an opening show – which will feature The Umbilical Brothers who are bringing a brilliant new show after nine years’ absence from the Capital.

I saw the show in Melbourne and it is brilliant. Although it is not for younger children, it is still a show that anyone from 13 upwards can go and see. We will also feature Russell Grant, right, who may predict great things for us all. Axis of Awesome, Jonny Awsum, Zoe Lyons, Cal Wilson will also feature and lots more.

It is hard to put on a launch show, because they can be extremely long, hopefully ours will be the right length. Right after our’s, Assembly Hall’s big show and then the List Party.

The Pleasance hold their 30th anniversary show on Saturday morning, later than the rest of us, but well worth seeing.

Next year Gilded Balloon will be 30 years in the business too – more on that soon.

In the meantime we’ll concentrate on how well everything looks, Teviot is spick and span and ready to open. A shame maybe, that due to the work at McEwan Hall, the Gilded Balloon has a big purple cow’s head looking straight into our foyer.

We can live with that this year as it will be moving again next year. We also have a very fine new outside box office – which is very pretty and pink.

Edinburgh is looking amazing too and ready for all the tourists, performers and visitors, so let the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe begin and let’s have a great time.