A bumper crop of entries join 30th Buxton Fringe

Press Release: 2 March 2009

The first deadline for entries to this year's 30th Buxton Festival Fringe passed on 28 February, and with it came a record number of entries - 75 in all, and with entries in every one of the categories represented in the Fringe programme - Comedy, Dance, Film, For Families, Music, Spoken Word, Street Theatre, Theatre, Visual Arts and Other Events.

Among the diverse array of entertainment on offer, there are several new Dance entrants (a category often under-represented in the past), a bumper crop of Music and Visual Arts (including public art initiative Art on the Railings), escapology, a traditional summer fair and even comedy and song from local MP Tom Levitt! For full details of these events, plus many more yet to come, keep a regular eye on the Buxton Fringe website (http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk).

Fringe chair Stephanie Billen commented: 'We are delighted that so many people have taken advantage of our discounted early entry fee. 75 entries is a record number of entries at this stage in the game so we could be in for a bumper Fringe for our 30th anniversary year. I'm also really pleased that we already have entries in all ten categories, just as we hoped. And it is great to see so many young people getting involved in everything from art at Buxton Infant School to boys' dance at Buxton Community School.'

If you want to appear at this year's Fringe, but haven't yet done so, don't panic. Although you may have missed the early booking offer, you've still got time to sign up. There are two more deadlines for entry: if you apply before 31 March, the entry cost is £65, and before 25 April (the deadline for inclusion in the printed Fringe programme) it is £80.

Meanwhile, if you want to keep in touch with the latest gossip on preparations for this year's Fringe, check out Keith Savage's Fringe blog. courtesy of the Buxton Advertiser