Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

In pictures: Capturing the spirit of Edinburgh's Fringe Festival

Now in its 70th year, it seems anything goes at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. Photographers have captured some of the extraordinary sights greeting visitors, both inside the venues and on the streets of the Scottish capital.

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Elixir circus use illusion to tell the story of three enthusiastic, slightly bumbling yet skilfully acrobatic scientists attempting to unravel the secret of life.

Seagulls at the Leith Volcano Image copyright Getty Images
Seagulls at the Leith Volcano Image copyright PA

The Fringe show Seagulls at The Leith Volcano involves both aerial stunts and actors performing while submerged in 45 tonnes of water at St James Church in Leith.

National Theatre of China Image copyright PA

The National Theatre of China's Luocha Land explores a world where the laws of good and evil have been reversed.

Orquestra de Cambra d' Emporda Image copyright Getty Images

Members of the Catalonian string orchestra Orquestra de Cambra d' Emporda take on movie soundtracks and pop songs, as well as classical hits

Incredible Bleeding Woman Image copyright PA

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman explores taboo surrounding the menstrual cycle.

Street performer puts rubber glove over his head Image copyright PA

Don't try this at home. A street performer demonstrates the versatility of the rubber glove.

High wire performer at Fringe Image copyright Getty Images

Fire juggling on a tightrope wasn't hard enough for this street artist who capped off his act by balancing a rubber duck on his head.

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The Ladyboys of Bangkok serve up their distinctive brand of cabaret in a new show Who Runs the World?

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Fringe performers drumming up sales Image copyright Getty Images

Do I have your attention? Performers are busy drumming up business for their shows on the Royal Mile.

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Street cleaner by flyposted phone boxes Image copyright PA

Somebody's got to clean it all up. Every surface is fair game when it comes to advertising your show.

Armed officer at Fringe Image copyright PA

Sign of the times. Security has been ramped up for this year's Edinburgh Festivals as police remain vigilant for terrorist attacks.

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