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Buxton Festival Fringe was started in 1980 to run concurrently with the opera-based 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, dynamic website and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter presence. 2018's bumper event boasted 181 entries and over 500 individual performances across 40 venues. 2019 marks Fringe40 - the Fringe's 40th year. Buxton International Festival, which started a year earlier in 1979, celebrates its 40th anniversary making 2019 a very special year for the town which will also see the long-awaited reopening of The Crescent. See www.buxtonfringe.org.uk for further details and recent press releases.
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