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In pictures: Edinburgh 2005
Edinburgh street parade (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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The 2005 Edinburgh Fringe begins on 7 August with a parade down Princes Street, the city's main thoroughfare. More than 200,000 festival-goers are expected to watch the event.
Tao - Martial Art of the Drum (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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Among the shows this year is Tao - Martial Art of the Drum. Japan's celebrated drumming troupe perform at the Assembly Hall, formerly the home of the Scottish Parliament.
Munich Shakespeare Company (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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The Munich Shakespeare Company's "pop-opera" version of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Roxy Art House is one of numerous Shakespearean productions on offer.
Scottish Dance Theatre (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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In Luxuria, Scottish Dance Theatre "fuse the narrative of theatre and the language of dance". The show is at the Southside, which reopens in 2005 after two years of closure.
Love Sick (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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Cat in the Bag Theatre Company are presenting Love Sick - "an odd little adventure of romance and vomit" - at the Underbelly, located on Edinburgh's atmospheric Cowgate.
Mr McFall's Chamber (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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Among the many music offerings is Mr McFall's Chamber, whose eclectic blend of jazz and rock is sure to find an appreciative audience at the Queen's Hall.
Kiki and Herb (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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New York cabaret stars Kiki and Herb make their Edinburgh debut at this year's festival. The larger-than-life duo toured the UK in 2004 with the pop group Scissor Sisters.
Lady Boys of Bangkok (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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The Lady Boys of Bangkok, who perform in a circus big top on the Meadows, have become Fringe favourites in recent years. After Edinburgh they take their show to Newcastle.
Ye-Gam Inc Korea (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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Another company heading to Edinburgh from the Asia-Pacific region is Korea's Ye-Gam Inc. Their new show, Jump, revolves around a family of martial arts experts.
Fringe Sunday (picture courtesy of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
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Fringe Sunday, which falls on 14 August this year, is a free open-air event featuring more than 200 acts in 11 enclosures. The 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 7 to 29 August.



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