The biggest fringe festival in the country has launched its programme.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 is home to over 3,300 shows, in 313 venues and over 53,000 performances.

Kath M Mainland, Chief Executive of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said: “It’s great to be launching the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme.

“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest, oldest, most well renowned festival in the world.

“Every year we think we know what it’s going to deliver, but every year it surprises, delights, amazes and inspires.

“The Fringe is a festival like no other.”

The thousands of shows range from theatre and dance, to circus, cabaret and opera.

Since 2014, the programme has risen by 3.8%, and the festival have added a further 14 venues in the Scottish capital.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs said: “This year’s programme shows once again why the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the most important events in the international cultural calendar.

“The festival is a premier event bringing thousands of people to Scotland.

“It demonstrates the scale of Scotland’s creativity and ambition and raises our standing on the world stage.”

The fringe festival has been running since 1947, and is now considered one of the foremost arts festivals in the world.

Performers are coming to the festival from across the world, with an estimated 49 countries being represented in the programme.

Highlights include stand-up from famous names such as Nina Conti, Jo Brand and Ed Byrne.

These established performers are joined by less familiar names associated with the fringe, such as England cricket legend Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, and speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place across the month of August. For more information, and the full line up, click here.