About us

Buxton Festival Fringe began in 1980 to run concurrently with the world-renowned Buxton Festival, with international opera and high profile literary talks at its core.

The Fringe goes from strength to strength each year and now has a respected and professional image with a full colour brochure, reviews of all shows, prize funds and many artists using it as a preview before appearing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Gang credit:Ian J Parkes 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 - we welcome all genres.

The Fringe Committee does not undertake any selection, censorship, financing or selective promotion of individual events.

Elected officers of the committee are: Keith Savage (Chair), Maria Carnegie (Vice Chair), Pam Mason (Secretary), Barbara Wilson (Treasurer) with Eric Butterley, Mike Cain, Gaye Chorlton, Amy Dollery, Philippa Hurst, Suzanne Pearson, John McGrother, Linda Rolland, Jacqui Roote, Chris Thornton, Joanne Williams, John Wilson and Steve Walker elected as Trustee Committee Members. Yacein Al-Shaater, Gemma Ball, Stephanie Billen, Ursula Birkett, Robbie Carnegie, Tom Crawshaw, Alice De Cent, Sian Dudley, Martha Everett, Linda McAllinden, Dan Osborne, Jonathan Rowlands and Martin Wood are Honorary Committee Members (ie not Trustees).

In 2013, the Fringe hosted well over 500 performances from some 170 entrants.

As of 2007 the Fringe is now a member of the British Arts Festival Association and it co-hosted BAFA's annual conference held in Buxton in October 2007. In 2010 the Fringe took part in BAFA's Roadshow in Manchester giving a presentation on Digital Marketing. The Fringe also appeared on a panel about Social Sustainability at BAFA's London roadshow in 2012. In 2011 the Fringe joined Festivity, a new organisation to promote festivals throughout Derbyshire.

What we believe

We are a charity run by volunteers.

We believe that art is for all, not just an elite. This applies both to artists and audience.

We aim to provide an opportunity for artists to perform or exhibit in an environment that is low cost and an atmosphere that is receptive.

We hope that our Fringe Festival encourages artists to take risks and experiment.

We hope that our audiences are enthusiastic and encouraging of innovation and new work.

We will not select, we do not censor and nor do we selectively promote any work.