Nish Kumar says he “still believes in the Edinburgh Fringe” as the festival has been accused of “elitism”.

Nish Kumar has spoken out in defense of the Edinburgh Fringe as it is accused of being inaccessible to emerging artists.

The world’s largest arts festival returned to its full potential this summer for the first time since the pandemic.

However, this year’s Fringe has been heaped with accusations that all but the wealthiest artists are being pushed out by the city’s soaring housing prices.

Frankie Boyle, who appeared in a BBC documentary earlier this month, said the Fringe has become an “elitist festival” and that many of the performers are “parasites”.

registered mail The guardKumar, who has performed at the Fringe since he was a student, said that despite his mistakes at the festival he “learned to be a comedian”.

“Sometimes it can feel like defending the rim is not morally justifiable like eating meat or supporting Manchester United,” Kumar wrote. “The Fringe aims to be a place for artists to experiment and evolve. However, it’s becoming a playground for the rich – like Monaco, but with more people who went to clown school.”

The comedian then said many cast members chose to stay out of town in trailers or campgrounds, commuting in each day.

Kumar continued, “Being a performer in the Fringe can feel like being a character on a movie set in Las Vegas because the house always wins… [but] I still believe in the Fringe… I can’t separate my own life from the Fringe and the city of Edinburgh. It has given me so much professionally and personally.

“But even I understand it’s at a crossroads. It must find a way to reclaim its egalitarian spirit in order to remain relevant. It is not enough for non-profit organizations to fill in the gaps; Systemic changes are required.”

Enter Kumar Your power, your control at Assembly George Square from August 22-28. You can read The Independent‘s four-star rating here. Nish Kumar says he “still believes in the Edinburgh Fringe” as the festival has been accused of “elitism”.


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