|In many ways it feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the launch of the 2009 Fringe and yet in other ways it feels like months ago. What an amazing adventure it’s been.
Over the last three and a half weeks I have seen some amazing work, sometimes perfectly trivial and enormously entertaining, sometimes incredibly challenging and often hugely moving. I have been blown away by the creative energy, artistic vision and drive of the people taking part, from performers and directors, to venue producers and promoters. There are many reasons why you would chose to bring a show to the Fringe, but this year it seems as though the process of making art is as important as ever
We’ve made many new friends as well been reunited with some of our dearest ones, we’ve seen surprise hit shows and stars born; but like all good things, the Fringe has to come an end for one more year. As we wipe a collective tear and imagine what 2010 has in store, please join me in congratulating all of the performers, venues, staff and of course, the Fringe audiences, who make the Fringe what it is.
Without the hard work, talent and dedication of so many thousands of people over many months the Fringe would not be the great institution it is today. I am very proud to be involved in this unique celebration of the arts and can wholeheartedly say that this year has been one of the best Festivals in my twenty years in and around Edinburgh.
If, like me, you are wondering where the time went and cannot wait for next year’s festivities then remember this quote. “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” Thank you for this year’s great adventure and I look forward to seeing you all next year for the next amazing adventure.