5 to 23 July 2023
Buxton Festival Fringe was started in 1980 to run concurrently with the opera-based Buxton International 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 children’s events are just some of the forms that have appeared. The Fringe has a respected and professional image with a comprehensive website, free Fringe App, full colour printed programme, reviews, awards and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter presence.
Following the success of the biggest ever Buxton Fringe – a special Fringe40 event in 2019 with nearly 220 entries – the Fringe rose to the challenge of COVID with a mainly online event attracting over 100 entries in 2020. Since then it has been recovering year on year with 2022’s event featuring over 170 events and a 110% ticket sales increase on the year before. 2023 looks set to be an excitingly full event with around 190 events and three managed venues, Underground, The Green Man Gallery and the Rotunda, taking part. Alongside traditional Fringe-organised events such as the Fringe/Buxton International Festival carnival float on July 8th and Fringe Sunday, a free showcase on July 9th at the Bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens, new initiatives will include Fringe on Fridays – two relaxed afternoons of performance extracts on the Bandstand..