St George's day celebrations for Fringe

Vers@Tile: St Thomas More - printmaker Jill Kerr with years 9 and 10 PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release April 6th 2009

This year sees the 30th Buxton Festival Fringe. Whilst the Fringe itself runs from July 8-26 there are a number of celebratory events taking place over the Spring.

On April 23rd - St George's day and Shakespeare day - there will be an evening of film, visual arts and music at the University of Derby's Dome.

Starting at 7pm there will be a short film made by Kevin Allsop - who used to be the DJ for the radio station at the Devonshire Hospital. Kevin made a documentary during his final weeks before the hospital closed in 2000. The images and his enthusiastic commentary will bring back many happy memories.

The multi media arts project Vers@Tile is nearing completion. 15 workshops have taken place in local schools and family centres and hundreds of pieces of artwork have been completed. A selection of these will appear in a permanent display to be unveiled in June. On April 23rd artist Caroline Chouler-Tissier will give a flavour of what to expect.

Starting at 8pm there will be a screening of the BAFTA award-winning film I've Loved You So Long (cert 12). Kristin Scott Thomas is superb in a story of how two sisters come together after a lengthy separation.

Local flamenco guitarist Dave Evans will be playing throughout the evening. There will be free wine and soft drinks.

Tickets are just £5 - though members of the Fringe Friends scheme get free admission. Join the Friends on the night - £10 - and enjoy the evening's entertainment for nothing!

Those interested in attending the April 23 event are advised to book a seat by following the reservations link on


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