As the nationwide lockdown continues, we have been having to make our own amusement while at the same time looking forward to July in the hope that a Fringe of some kind can still go ahead.
Fringey Gaye - our intrepid desk manager - has been busy cooking up some fabulous online Fringe jigsaws. Simply go to jigsawplanet.com and search for Buxton Fringe for a jigsaw experience like no other.
We are busy tweaking our online photo galleries and have invited Fringe entrants to beef up their listings with online links to videos and websites. Performers who have given us more than one picture now automatically get a ‘gallery’ link so you can see all their photos displayed properly. This has taken off in Visual Arts in particular where there are some entire online exhibitions going on as well as some great videos!
We are also excited by our first ever entirely online Fringe entry, Buxton Drama League’s Alice Goes Elsewhere. They dreamt up this theatre treat well before the Covid crisis but right now of course online feels like a great place to be. See: http://www.alicegoeselsewhere.com/
Our friends at Buxton International Festival have had to cancel 2020’s event but are promising some digital content in July as well as an exciting 2021 festival. See https://buxtonfestival.co.uk/news-and-blog/2021-news
We are hearing from Fringe regulars such as the REC Youth Theatre who are creating an online CoronavirusTimeCapsule - see their Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Meanwhile Viv from our Venues team has been finding all sorts of other entertainment and culture online from a huge variety of sources. See her handy list below:
https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/promoted/2020/where-can-i-watch-theatre-online-coronavirus-and-theatre-streaming/ very useful website giving lots of listings.
https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/ Lots of interesting events
Over the next month or so we hope to be able to share more news about our own Fringe but in the meantime, do feel free to tell us what you are up to so we can spread the word on our blog and social media. The arts are an important source of joy and inspiration especially during hard times and we appreciate our Fringe community more than ever.
Stay safe and stand by for more updates as soon as we have them!