Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The artists are up for it - join them!

This picture has nothing to do with anything much; I just quite like fractals. I don't understand them, I'm not clever enough. Some people have come to expect a free picture with this Blog and frankly we're in a bit of a hurry in Fringe City this week.

We've closed for entries for this year's Fringe - well anyone else that wants to join in the fun can do, but they won't be in the printed programme now. We have a massive 140 entries for this year's Fringe (8-26 July). This is by far the biggest Buxton Fringe ever. We're naturally excited given it is Fringe30 and all that. There will be over 500 performances - not just in Buxton either. The Fringe will be happening in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Tideswell, New Mills, Eyam, King Sterndale and at Brierlow Bar too. You can see and hear events in churches, libraries, cafes, pubs, hotels, theatres, shops, on the street, in people's houses, in caves and parks. There will be comedy, dance, film, music (all sorts), theatre (from Shakespeare to stuff not even written yet), spoken word and visual arts. You will have the chance to see new performers making their first steps in the world of art as well as international performers with a wealth of experience.

All-in-all Buxton Fringe Festival 2009 is going to be great. Artists and perfomers have committed their time, skills, money and enthusiasm to coming to Buxton in their hundreds. They are determined to think and act positively in this gloomy old world. The least we can do is to repay their confidence by turning out to witness what they have to show us. There is bound to be something happening near where you live; and a lot of events are free. So please start looking at the programme and planning what you are to going to see and hear! Then invite someone to join you. The programme is available now at www.buxtonfringe.org.uk. If you want a printed programme they will be available - for free - at libraries, Tourist Information Centres and Fringe venues from the beginning of June.

Thanks to all of you that made it to the most recent Fringe30 event - on St George's Day. Over 50 people got to the Dome, University of Derby, Buxton. The big event was a screening of I've Loved You So Long. We also had the chance to hear about the Vers@Tile art project from artist Caroline Chouler-Tissier; Kevin Allsop was on hand to talk about his documentary film about Spa Radio (of which we saw the first 20 minutes). Kevin has kindly given a copy of the film to us - we'll get some DVDs made of it for anyone that wants one (for a modest contribution - say £1). Thanks also to Dave Evans for his brilliant guitar playing throughout the evening.

by Keith Savage - Published 27/04/2009

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