Buxton Festival Fringe becomes 500th member to sign up for Made In Derbyshire
Buxton Festival Fringe has become the 500th member to sign up to the ‘Made in Derbyshire’ campaign celebrating everything that’s great about the county.
Derbyshire County Council is a lead partner in the campaign working with other local councils, cultural groups and tourism organisations to promote and boost the local economy through its products, culture, festivals and sporting events.
Local arts and music groups are being encouraged to sign up alongside businesses, museums and tourist destinations – and Buxton Festival Fringe is the 500th to sign up.
The Fringe began in 1980 and is a registered charity managed by a group of volunteers and many of its events, including comedy, dance, music, film and theatre, are free.
It is now one of the biggest arts events of its kind in England running over 19 days with nearly 600 performances in more than 30 community venues such as pubs, shops and churches.
Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Ellie Wilcox said: “We’re delighted that Buxton Festival Fringe has signed up to ‘Made in Derbyshire’ and has helped us reach an impressive 500 members so far.
“The 2015 Fringe was one of the most successful in its history in terms of audience numbers and the income produced for the town's businesses which is just what our campaign is all about.”
Any individual or organisation that organises events, makes products or provides a service that is created or based in the county can register as a ‘Made in Derbyshire’ member.
Buxton Festival Fringe Committee Chair Keith Savage said: “We're proud to be in Derbyshire and proud that a small town can deliver such a high quality and creative event.
“It’s important that events and places that are off the mainstream tourist trail are publicised and celebrated which is why Buxton Festival Fringe is delighted to be part of Made in Derbyshire."
Made in Derbyshire events are running throughout the year to highlight the county’s unique people, places and products – and also leave a lasting legacy by putting Derbyshire’s local stamp on the national stage.
Any organisation based in Derbyshire can register its details on the website to get:
- Inclusion in a high-profile publicity campaign
- A free listing on the Made in Derbyshire website
- Free use of the Made in Derbyshire branding as part of its marketing materials
- Social media marketing support through the Made in Derbyshire Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages
The key aims for the first year are to:
- Celebrate life in Derbyshire – the county, its people and everything ‘Made in Derbyshire’
- Reinforce Derbyshire as an exciting cultural destination for visitors from all over the UK and abroad
- Promote Derbyshire products and attractions and boost the local economy
- Nurture new talent and celebrate Derbyshire people
Made in Derbyshire successes throughout 2015 will be developed to ensure the campaign has a lasting impact on the local economy.
For more information and to sign up visit www.madeinderbyshire.org/myprofile/register
FRINGE BENEFITS: Councillor Ellie Wilcox celebrates Buxton Festival Fringe becoming the 500th member of ‘Made in Derbyshire’ with committee chair Keith Savage.