Buxton Festival Fringe will join fringe festivals across the globe on Tuesday July 11th to celebrate the inaugural World Fringe Day. Buxton’s own event – “Pump It Up!” – will also be the first chance for many to see one of the town’s great old buildings re-opened.
2017 marks 70 years since the birth of the fringe concept, with the founding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1947. The spark that was ignited in Edinburgh has circled the globe and there are now more than 200 fringes worldwide – and Buxton Festival Fringe, which began in 1980, is one of the oldest. This year’s Buxton Fringe runs from July 5-23 and World Fringe Day will be marked with 12 hours of events in Buxton’s historic Pump Room.
Keith Savage, from Buxton Fringe, said: “World Fringe Day is a fantastic opportunity for people to come together and celebrate all that is great about fringe. Fringes come in many different shapes and sizes but are united in their dedication to providing platforms for artists to bring their work to new audiences, allowing them to share their ideas and develop their skills. We can’t wait to join with our sister fringes for a very special day of worldwide fringe fun.
“We are especially excited to be able to tie this in with an important phase of Buxton’s re-development and the restoration of the Crescent and Pump Room. The Pump Room which will opening as a Visitor Experience in 2019 and run by the Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust, will be hosting events for World Fringe Day. We will be putting together a rich and varied programme of events including music, theatre, visual arts and spoken word from 10am till 10pm."
Liz Mackenzie – Engagement and Events Manager for the Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Heritage Trust– said: " We are thrilled to be part of World Fringe Day. Buxton Fringe has been so important for the town's cultural scene for many years and we look forward to working with the Fringe during the next exciting phase of the Pump Room and Crescent's history".
Full details of “Pump It Up!” will be published on the Fringe website shortly – www.buxtonfringe.org.uk