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With nearly 3000 shows, covering everything from experimental circus to big-name comedy, this year's fringe offers more than ever. When it comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, only one rule holds true: expect the unexpected and this year’s arts extravaganza is bigger than ever before with Wales presenting some of its most innovative performances.

No less than 11 companies from Wales will take centre stage in Edinburgh giving them all the opportunity to present their work to international delegates and subsequently tour overseas.

From a show inspired by Michelangelo’s theory of releasing a sculpture, combining music, physical theatre and video – Michelangelo Drawing Blood presented by Sound Affairs; a chance to find romance in a comedic, toe-tapping dance theatre performance – Last Chance Romance presented by Kitsch & Sync Collective (Welsh Dance Strand); a mystical journey through stunning landscapes that lie just beyond the body – Beyond the Body presented by Tanja råman +dbiniindustries (Welsh Dance Strand) to a man confronted with the ghosts of his past, forced to face his demons as he attempts to rescue his family and his future – Last Christmas presented by Dirty Protest.

And if that wasn’t enough, audiences from across the globe can also be dazzled by the following performances from Wales:

Dim Diolch presented by Cwmni’r Frân Wen - acclaimed Welsh language drama "Dim Diolch" tells the tragic true story of George Price, one of the world's most multi-talented scientists.

An Invitation presented by Jo Fong in association with Chapter (Welsh Dance Strand) - an invitation…appears as though it is being created right now. What happens or doesn’t happen is influenced directly by the people in the room.

Wonders of the Universe by Karol Cysewski presented by Laura H Drane Associates – Karol uses the documentary genre to create a humorous and intelligent choreography for three male dancers. This work will make you wonder about tiny things, human size things and things the size of the universe.

The Future for Beginners presented by Liveartshow – Bethan and Matthew share a dream: they want to end up together at the end of their lives. But there’s a problem: they’ve lost the plan for day one.

Clown in the Moon & Burton presented by Miles Productions – Dylan: a portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious and all too brief life. Burton: vividly presenting the life of the great Welsh actor from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-star.

147 Questions About Love presented by Volcano Theatre Company – he mostly talks. She mostly dances. 147 Questions about Love is an intimate, funny, approachable exchange between a man, a woman and an audience.

Snoutology for Beginners presented by Hijinx Theatre – Professor White Fang and Dr Gary, both accomplished dogs in their own right, present their acclaimed training seminar for humans who have lost their senses.

Wales in Edinburgh is one of a suite of major international initiatives spearheaded by Wales Arts International and the Arts Council of Wales to support the business of taking Wales’ arts to international venues. This initiative is a result of Welsh Government’s drive to support cultural businesses to extend their reach and become more sustainable. Wales Arts International are keen to capitalise on the opportunities during 2014 by ensuring that Wales’ presence represents a significant critical mass and that organisations are ‘business ready’ to take advantage of the opportunities that the festival offers.

Nicholas Davies, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales said:

"It's the best festival in the world for reaching international promoters and audiences so it's a perfect opportunity for Wales’ performing arts companies to be profiled within the festival. The idea is to help Welsh companies present their work at the Fringe in the best possible way - with the best conditions – and more importantly, put them in touch with international promoters and programmers who are coming to the festival."

For further information, please contact Sian James on 029 2044 1344 / 07812 801356 or email sian.james@artscouncilofwales.org.uk

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