|Picture credit Ian J. Parkes|
Like lots of small local charities, the Fringe relies on the generous support of our Friends. The last 18 months have been difficult for everyone. With theatres and venues closed, the arts were very hard hit. With no live performances and no income from entry fees, the Fringe was especially grateful to our Friends for standing by us.
We are fortunate to have a loyal group of over 170 Friends. Some have been Fringe Friends for years and some have only joined recently. Many are local but we also have friends in Scotland, Yorkshire and London.
We really missed seeing our Friends in 2020 - although our zoom catch up with Friends was good I think you'll agree its just not the same as meeting in person.
We were lucky that we were able to put on a successful Fringe this Summer, albeit with limitations; it was not possible to hold our usual Launch Party, Fringe Sunday had to be cancelled and the Awards Event had to be scaled down although everybody really enjoyed the chance to get together in the open air in the beautiful setting of the Serpentine Community Garden.
Thankfully things are slowly getting back to normal (whatever that may mean). We are planning to hold a face-to-face AGM on November 17th and hopefully our usual Christmas party - news on this to follow! We can't wait to see all our old Friends and catch up on their news.
We are also keen to make new Friends. So if you know anyone who likes music, theatre, comedy and art then point them in our direction.
Alternatively a Friends subscription would make a great gift! Benefits include invites to exclusive events, getting the scoop on what's on, reductions in ticket prices and the (orange) glow of supporting a worthwhile cause, all for just £10 per year.
If you want to know more go to https://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/fringefriends.html or join up at the AGM or Christmas party.
So a huge Fringe thank you to all our Friends, past, present and future.