Buxton Festival Fringe began in 1980 to run concurrently with the nationally-renowned Buxton Festival, with international opera and high profile literary talks at its core.
It runs over a period of about two and a half weeks each July. The Fringe goes from strength to strength each year, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009 with the biggest Fringe ever. It has a respected and professional image with a full colour programme, reviews of all shows, prize funds and many artists using it as a preview before appearing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared. All genres are welcome and there is no selection or censorship.
Photo of Fringe Sunday above by kind permission of Ian J. Parkes.