The Buxton Festival Fringe 2016 has now ended.
2017 Fringe dates are July 5-23 with the Fringe open for entries from December 1 2016. Full details are on the Fringe website. buxtonfringe.org.uk
In 2016 there were 148 entries with nearly 500 individual performances throughout the town. The biggest UK Fringe between Edinburgh and Brighton takes place in July in parallel with the Buxton Festival and features substantial Theatre, Comedy and Music sections as well as Dance, Film, For Families, Spoken Word, Street Theatre, Film, Visual Arts and more.
Underground Venues, responsible for much of the Fringe’s comedy and theatre, marked the end of an era in summer 2016 as they used the Paupers Pit at the Old Hall Hotel for the last time; it will be out of action because of the Crescent redevelopment.
Buxton Fringe’s philosophy is that art is for all and Fringe organisers spread the word by entering a float in the Buxton Carnival and promoting a free open-air showcase of Fringe events called Fringe Sunday. Many other events are free, including most of the Visual Arts section, and these are listed on the website’s Fringe for Free page.
The Fringe, a member of BAFA and the Derbyshire festivals organisation Festivity, also conducts community initiatives such as providing work experience for local students and encouraging entrants to perform in schools, care homes and youth organisations.
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The Fringe’s longevity is the envy of many and we owe that in part to the support and sponsorship of local organisations. We work closely with the University of Derby – our long-standing sponsors – so that we can share and learn together. High Peak Borough Council and its staff at the Pavilion Gardens have also been brilliant in supporting us as has the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust.
Buxton Festival Fringe was started in 1980 to run concurrently with the Buxton Festival. This open access arts event, one of the largest Fringe festivals in England, provides a showcase for performers of all kinds in a variety of venues with many using it as a springboard for the Edinburgh Fringe. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared. The Fringe has a respected and professional image with full colour printed programme, reviews, awards and dynamic website.
You can register your interest in the Fringe via its website free of charge and will then be kept up to date with all the developments in its programme.