Image: © Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.

The world’s largest fringe festival has drawn to a close, after tens of thousands of performances across August.

Since August 7, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has seen 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows, in over 300 venues across the Scottish city.

An estimated 2,298,090 tickets have been issued, which is a rise of over 5% from the previous year.

Kath M Mainland CBE, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: “As this year’s Fringe draws to a close we can reflect on what a spectacular success it has been.

“Once again artists and audiences have travelled from across the globe to be a part of this unique cultural event.

“With incredible talent from 49 countries from all over the world taking part this year, the Fringe has once again demonstrated itself to be both truly international and profoundly Scottish.

“The 2015 season has firmly cemented Edinburgh’s reputation as the world’s leading festival city.”

Over £170,000 worth of tickets were made available for free for children and young people who are being cared for by the City of Edinburgh Council under the Access Fringe- Looked After Children project.

This was over 38 venues and 233 different shows.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs added: “This has been another incredible year for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“The festival continues to evolve and work with the city to expand and offer more and more to audiences from across the world.

“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe demonstrates the innovative spirit that makes Scottish culture so vibrant.”

This year saw 14 new venues introduced into the Fringe, including the Underbelly’s Circus Hub, SpaceTripleX and Momentum Venues.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest fringe festival in the world, and ran this year from August 7 to August 31. For more information click here. For more coverage of the fringe by A Younger Theatre, click here.