Friday 12 October 2018

Getting ready for Fringe40

The Belly Dance Flames entertain crowds at Fringe Sunday (credit: Keith Savage 2018)

We have agreed the dates for Buxton Festival Fringe 2019 - our 40th Festival and called Fringe40 henceforth.

We start on Wednesday July 3rd and finish a full three weeks later on Wednesday July 24th. (The Buxton International Festival will run from 5-21 July). We have added three days to the end of our established finishing date for two reasons.

Some people have said to us - “The Fringe is great, but it is a pity that it finishes just as the school holidays start.” By extending our Festival into the first week of the school summer holiday we hope that companies and performers that dedicate themselves to entertaining younger audiences and their families will see an opportunity.

The second reason is simply that we think that more artists and performers will want to be in Buxton in 2019 for Fringe40 and we don’t want them to be squeezed out.

We will see how this works out for everyone before committing ourselves to extended Festivals in 2020 and beyond.

We have also agreed on an extra low entry fee for ‘early birds’ at Fringe40. We open for entries on 1st December and for the first three months (up until the end of February) it will cost just £40 to enter Buxton Festival Fringe.
Anyone entering in March will pay £70 and those waiting until April will have to pay £85. We close for entries on Easter Sunday - 21st April.

We hope that the £40 fee - and this won’t be repeated in 2020 or ever again! - will encourage Fringe regulars, and those that we have not seen in Buxton for a year or two, to come back. For those who haven’t performed in Buxton before then 2019 is a good time to see what you have been missing.

Although we are not opening for entries for another 7 weeks there is no reason why you should not be making plans. For anyone planning to bring a show or event to Fringe40 the first thing to sort out is a venue to perform at. If you go to our website and look at the ‘Take Part’ pages you will find dozens of potential venues.
The smallest venues accommodate audiences of a dozen or so, the largest can take 400 or more. Some will charge nothing to ‘rent’ a space and most have very reasonable hourly rates. Get planning and organising now: a handful of events are all ready to announce on 1st December. If you are new to Buxton and you want any help or advice do write to us.
We look forward to our biggest and bravest Festival yet and we want you to join us.

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