We are still planning for this year’s Fringe in July, and are hoping for it to go on in some form. However, we will follow official advice on how to proceed. Like everyone else, we are affected by Coronavirus/Covid-19 and concerned about its impact. We are thinking of all whose lives have been especially harmed by it.
Our overriding concern is public safety and we will do our utmost to address the challenges that face us. To this end, we have now relaxed our June 1 entries deadline and are continuing to offer full refunds to any entrant who wishes to withdraw, as we recognise that performers will have concerns over their own safety as well as being unable to get together to plan and rehearse their shows. As of May, we have also taken the decision to make entry free for everyone for 2020's Fringe.
Note that the Fringe is an open-access event run by volunteers, and the decision about whether or not to operate individual events lies with the artists, performances and venues and not centrally with Buxton Fringe, but any events that we consider to contravene official guidance will not be condoned by us and will not go ahead under our banner.
So please keep us in your diaries for 1-19 July. We have no idea what Fringe 2020 will look like but we have great confidence in our entrants’ creativity and ingenuity and are already seeing how many of them are sharing their work online. At this difficult time the arts are more important than ever and we hope to have plenty to entertain and inspire you in July. We will keep you updated. In the meantime, look after each other and stay safe. See latest Government advice and information for the public.