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Edinburgh International Festival

Photos from the world's largest arts festival

What started as an alternative to the 'Edinburgh International Festival', today has become the world largest arts festival with the event spanning 25 days and participants from over 45 countries participating in the gala. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe showcases performing arts, particularly theatre and comedy. An unjuried festival, the Fringe often showcases experimental works that do not find a place in conservative art festivals. In 2011, the over 21,000 performers from 60 countries had participated in the festival. Here are the best pictures from the festival hand picked by our editor: