The word 'iconic' is tiresomely overused. So it is with some reluctance and more caution that we use it here. However, it may be justified. For those living in north Derbyshire - close to the Cheshire border - The Cat & Fiddle is a legendary landmark. The road from Buxton to Macclesfield takes its name from the pub which is the second highest in England and the 12 mile route can be breathtakingly beautiful. And now The Cat & Fiddle Inn is a venue for the Buxton Fringe!
This means Buxton Fringe acts can take place at a ever-growing number of venues beyond the town. A list of outreach venues can be found on this link. There are pubs and halls eager to host Fringe shows in King Sterndale, Chelmorton, Sterndale Moor, Hartington, New Mills, Taddington and the iconic Cat & Fiddle. We look forward to announcing performances at some more of these venues shortly.
There is probably a word to describe self-promotion by quoting your own press releases. It probably isn't a very kind word. However, we're in the risk business. So, here's something prepared earlier in the Fringe kitchen.
With events for July’s Buxton Festival Fringe rapidly building up, Fringe organisers have re-launched the all-important Fringe website to be even friendlier and easier to use.
As one of England’s largest open access-arts festivals, Buxton Festival Fringe, which this year takes place between July 8-26, has become an ever more complex feat of organisation with the website, first created in 2002, housing a wealth of information including how to take part, what’s on listings, news and photos, videos, venue details, community news and Fringe history. It also provides a slick, on-line entry procedure for would be participants.
The newly designed website is now much clearer to navigate for all the different people who want to use it – from performers to punters, and volunteers to business supporters. It has also been enhanced to function better across all platforms, a key concern given that mobile and tablet usage have soared in recent years. The clean new look from local designer Eric Tilley in conjunction with Fringe webmaster Dan Osborne and the Fringe committee features a greater use of photos, clearer menu links and prominent log on and search facilities. The content has also been reworked and rearranged to be friendlier and more readable with handy, explanatory introductions at the top of each page.
Says Fringe chair, Keith Savage: “The Fringe is lucky to be able to call on a group of skilled people who voluntarily reviewed the structure and content of the website in its entirety. The hours of work that went into this are beyond counting but we hope that what we have reflects two elements of the Fringe: we aim to be as professional and organised as we can; we also want to project the joy and excitement of being one of the biggest arts festivals in England."