Take a chance at Buxton Fringe

Away from the bigger categories, smaller sections of the Buxton Fringe programme such as Dance, Film, Street Theatre and Other Events offer some of the most different and remarkable experiences.

Canadian musician Colin and Chinese dancer Yozy wowed the Fringe last year with their innovative music, beat boxing and speed painting - not to mention Yozy’s sensitive dancing! - and COZY is back with more magical performances at Underground Venues.

A truly stimulating Dance category also features newcomers Next Door Dance with their all-female football-themed show The Beautiful Game, and Lewys Holt’s Of, Or At A Fairly Low Temperature mixing contemporary dance with comedy to ask “what is cool?” Rising above such questions, Chapel-en-le-Frith Morris Men present another spectacular Buxton Day of Dance featuring over 150 dancers and musicians from 16 different Morris sides.

Buxton Film rings the changes this year by presenting Oscar-nominated films within its programme of shorts, which also features innovative entries for its own annual short film competition. Fringe-goers can also enjoy Buxton Film’s nostalgic and intriguing display of footage of Buxton and the surrounding area from the Media Archive for Central England.

Street Theatre is always exciting at Buxton Fringe with the festival providing an opportunity for spontaneous busking. Everything listed in this section this year is free, from urban jester Paolo Ferrari to the Fringe’s own Fringe Sunday, offering a showcase of events in the Pavilion Gardens on the afternoon of Sunday July 10th. Also in the bandstand area, Fringe at Five presents a lucky-dip of samples from Fringe shows, while performers also often join the orange-bedecked Fringe Float on the day of the town’s Carnival on July 9th. Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the award-winning Shakespeare Jukebox will be entertaining crowds with the Bard’s greatest hits in return for a small donation to charity. It’s worth noting that many other Fringe shows are free and these are also listed separately on the Fringe website: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptionsFree2016.html

A lively Other Events section offers Fringe bookends, The Launch Party at Underground Venues on July 5th and the by-invitation Awards Ceremony on July 24, alongside a festival within a festival at Chelmorton village, complete with scarecrows, writers’ panel, treasure trail and more. Over at Buxton Museum, which is undergoing major renovations, there is an opportunity to meet museum experts at a series of lunchtime lectures. Meanwhile Buxton Spa Aromatics offers sweet-smelling half-day natural perfume courses for the first time at the Fringe.

The Fringe runs from July 6-24.

The Fringe wishes to thank its main sponsor The University of Derby Buxton as well as financial supporters The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and High Peak Borough Council, Fringe Friends and all its other supporters and venues around the town.

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