'I live in Edinburgh and I absolutely love the Festival' - Readers react to short film blasting 'economically absurd' Fringe
A new short film made at this year’s Fringe as part of a campaign to ‘defend’ the city from gentrification, over-tourism and 'festivalisation' describes the event as “a spectacular exercise of lies, hype and profiteering”.
An Edinburgh-based artist and filmmaker was commissioned to create the film, which claims the Fringe has nothing to do with its residents and describes the prospect of a day at the event as “economically absurd” to many of them.
"I live in Edinburgh and I absolutely love the Festival and all the cultures and events that take place in August. Most of us can’t really have a bad opinion when most of us do the exact same travelling abroad, especially in the likes of Spain where we go for hens and stags do’s, fiestas and carnivals."
"If the roads were fixed, the bins were emptied and the streets were cleaned, then maybe the shortcomings of the Festival wouldn’t appear so stark. As it stands, Edinburgh and its residents have absolutely no discernible benefits from the year-round ‘Disney-fication’ of the city."
"I’m Edinburgh-born and bred and I absolutely love the Fringe. I’d love it to last longer than a month!"
"I live in Edinburgh and look forward to the Festival every year. Magnificent job, it’s great to see the city come alive with such vibrant colours and energy."
"Why not support the dozens of shows put on by Edinburgh groups? Show the transient visitors how to enjoy themselves!"
"So true, but when have the residents’ opinions really mattered?"
"If you have shows to go to, it’s great, but if you are just trying to go about your daily business, it’s a nightmare. The Festival is a double-edged sword, no doubt about it."
"Too true for many Edinburgh residents. My family avoid the Fringe and Festival - too busy with a child and too expensive."
K Grace Rogerson
"He’s right, Edinburgh has become a nightmare. All these cheap Airbnbs everywhere, tourists wandering about in council estates with no idea where they are, holding up buses because they’ve no change. I’m in Restalrig, so I know. You can’t move in the city because the pavements are busy. Edinburgh is far too small to have all these people for three weeks, locals are not considered at all."
"Well said! I would like to see accounts of where the Festival money goes and how it actually benefits Edinburgh resident council tax payers!"
"Like the majority of things nowadays, it’s selling out its own identity to others identities. Globalism sure is a cancer"
"Edinburgh has nothing to do with Edinburgh people, except when it comes to footing the bill."
"Great video. Edinburgh basically becomes a satellite of London for August. With the hooray Henrys coming up to “do the Festival and the Fringe”, usually funded by the bank of mum and dad! They don’t mind paying £6 for a pint of lager in a plastic cup either, as it’s probably still cheaper than London. It’s a cultural takeover of Edinburgh with no significant benefit for its residents."
"Too busy for me and no one bothers when they constantly bump into you. Roll on September, when it’s over."
"I equally love and hate it. Today I’m about to love it - whole day going to festival stuff. Last year I managed ten shows in one day, maybe we’ll top that today. Tomorrow I’ll go back to hating it!"
"He does make some good points. It would be interesting to see how much money actually goes back into the city."
"Again, someone bringing down our city for their own selfish ideals. The Festival and Fringe must stay Edinburgh’s."
"Yet “...with 72 per cent of residents believing festivals make the city a better place to live,” deluded council leader Adam McVey tells us."
"He’s absolutely not wrong."
"I can’t believe all this negativity."