Decision for Buxton Fringe to go online “vindicated”

Published: 14 November 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

The Buxton Fringe annual meeting via Zoom

A rush of entries in June vindicated a decision by Buxton Fringe to go ahead with a mainly online programme in 2020, chair Stephen Walker told the fringe’s annual meeting, held via Zoom.

Walker looked back on “a year like no other”. He said, "while there was much to celebrate, there’s been a real sadness in not being able to put on a normal Fringe.

"We’re devastated for all those who worked on their art and performances and were left with no means of getting them before an audience. We hope we’ll see them all again in the future."

He quoted comedian Nathan Cassidy who gave the Fringe its only live performance and described the Fringe as "incredibly special", adding "creatives can only create with the right support and that's what this Fringe gives us."

Walker was re-elected as chair. Gaye Chorlton remains secretary. There were two new appointments, Viv Marriott as vice-chair and Sandra Jowett as treasurer. Former vice-chair Maria Carnegie, a long-standing Fringe committee member, remains a trustee of the charity.

The 2021 Fringe will run from 7 until 25 July. Online entries open on Tuesday 1 December.