Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Buxton Festival Fringe to Join World Fringe Day Celebrations

Buxton Festival Fringe will join fringe festivals across the globe on Tuesday 11 July to celebrate the inaugural World Fringe Day. World Fringe Day will be an international day of celebration, reflecting on the collective power and worldwide reach of the fringe movement. We are inviting participants and audiences to join us in celebrating World Fringe Day.
2017 marks 70 years since the birth of the fringe concept, with the founding of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland in 1947. The spark that was ignited in Edinburgh has circled the globe and there are now more than 200 fringes worldwide. The fringe model has been emulated from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in-between. The fringe movement has grown from strength to strength, enabling people all over the world to make cultural connections that transcend national boundaries.
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. As we mark seventy years of fringe, we will also be taking the opportunity to wish the Edinburgh Festival Fringe a happy 70th anniversary. We hope that Buxton audiences and participants will join us on World Fringe Day to tell the world what fringe means to them. Buxton Fringe is only 37 years old - so it is young compared to Edinburgh - but there are only a handful of Fringes that have been around for longer. We are proud to be part of this movement for the arts. World Fringe Day falls in the middle of Buxton Festival Fringe 2017 and we'll be doing all that we can to make it an extra special day.”
World Fringe Day will highlight the crucial role that fringe festivals continue to play in the international arts landscape. As the Edinburgh Festival Fringe marks its 70th anniversary this year, World Fringe Day 2017 will also celebrate Edinburgh as the birthplace of the fringe movement.
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said:
“From humble beginnings in Edinburgh in 1947, the fringe movement has developed into a global network of festivals over the last 70 years, with fringes now taking place on every continent except Antarctica. 2017 promises to be a very exciting year in fringe history as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and join with our sister fringes around the globe to celebrate 70 years of the fringe movement. I hope that anyone who has attended, performed at, or been involved in organising a fringe will take the opportunity to share their fringe stories on World Fringe Day.”
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival but were refused entry to the programme. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the fringe of the Festival anyway. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open access festival where, in the spirit of the original eight, no one is denied entry, making it the largest platform on earth for creative freedom. In 2016, 3,269 shows took place in 294 venues across Edinburgh.
For more information about the day visit www.worldfringeday.com.

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