Buxton Fringe goes ahead outdoor and online

Published: 16 May 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Buxton Fringe: smaller in 2020 than 2019 Credit: Ian J Parkes

Buxton Fringe 2020 is hoping to go ahead with live outdoor performances that do not contravene government guidelines and online events.

For this year only, the Fringe has scrapped the entry fee and relaxed the deadline—formerly 1 June—so that performers can submit late entries. This has meant there will be no printed programme.

Marketing officer Stephanie Billen said the Fringe was still hoping that entrants would not leave it until the last minute to apply.

"The sooner you complete your online entry, the sooner we can start publicising your event on the web site, the Fringe app, through social media and press releases.

“Building up a programme that definitely works for 2020 is going to be tricky, so we want everyone to think creatively and spread the word to prove that the arts are alive and well in our beautiful town."

Fringe chair Stephen Walker added, "this year's Fringe will certainly be different; it’s likely to be much smaller than usual but we hope that online entries will encourage creativity and innovation in how performers and artists engage with our audiences.”

The festival will take place from 1 until 19 July. Further information is available at the Buxton Fringe web site.