Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Just two weeks to go... and we'll have dancing in the street.

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Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens

It has been a lovely start to the summer in Buxton. Fingers crossed that the dry, warm weather continues because the streets will be alive with the fun of Buxton Fringe this July.
The traditional Buxton Day of Dance from the award-winning Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men offers 16 Morris sides performing across the town while in a new venture for the Fringe, Fit Up Productions brings Fringe on the Market! - circus acts and Fringe performers on the market place. Fit Up were at Brighton last month - see this video for what happened there.

Fringe stars will also be showcasing their events at several free showcases kicking off with the Fringe Launch Party, this year on the first night of the Fringe upstairs at the Old Clubhouse courtesy of Underground Venues. There is also the popular, family-friendly Fringe Sunday (July 8) plus the eclectic Fringe @ 5 at the Pavilion Gardens bandstand. You can wave on acts walking beside the special, all-orange Fringe float during Carnival Day or see them performing at Friday the 13th in the Pump Room, a special free Fringe event in association with the Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust. All this year’s Street Theatre events, plus many others in the Fringe programme, are free, whether it is Fringe veterans the award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox offering scenes from the Bard outside the Opera House or, in the same location, St Luke’s CE Primary School offering their own jukebox of songs.
Among those hoping the sun will shine are Spirit of the Fringe award-winning Stone and Water with their colourful Buxton Pride Picnic in the Pavilion Gardens. The Gardens are a particularly busy venue for the Fringe this year with the Rotunda dome hosting the eagerly anticipated Fringe Awards as well as, the Fringe Forum, a new event offering a chance for performers, audiences and venue managers to quiz the Fringe committee.

Indoor entertainments include Buxton Film’s anniversary screening of The Graduate at Buxton Working Men’s Club and a whole raft of category-defying entertainment listed under Other Events. Take a Journey Through Whisky Understanding at Monk Cocktail Bar or enjoy comedy and FAIR Spirits cocktails there on another evening. Monk is also hosting a night of Brooklyn beers, brewery games and 90s nostalgia. Alternatively Fringe-goer can celebrate Buxton’s pure and healing waters at Present from the Past’s words and pictures event Well, Well I Never Knew That About Buxton’s Waters!, flex their writing muscles at the CafeLit workshop at Scrivener’s or Meet the Experts at Buxton Museum’s lunchtime talks.

Details of all Fringe events are in the programme and on www.buxtonfringe.org.uk, where there is a special page listing the many free events at this year’s festival.

The Fringe wishes to thank its sponsor The University of Derby as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, its Fringe Friends and the town’s many Fringe supporters and venues.

Buxton Fringe

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