Buxton Festival Fringe: deadline for entrants this Saturday!

Artists and performers wanting to enter this year's Buxton Festival Fringe should be aware that this Saturday April 25th is the strict and final deadline for entries in the 2009 printed programme.

A staggered system of deadlines has already resulted in many events coming in with over 100 entries at the last count.

The 2009 Fringe runs from July 8-26 and celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. A massive celebration of the arts, the Fringe is open to all so there is a huge variety from theatre to music but also including visual arts, dance, family events, street theatre, poetry, film, guided walks and more.

Comic treats in store include MP Tom Levitt with sketches and songs, new stand up from Barrel of Laughs at Underground Venues, Funny Women finalist Rosie Wilby and the return of comedian/magician Johnny 'Lab Monkey' Fa├žade. Every category is represented this year so there is lively dance from contemporary styles to Morris Dancing, plus the first Buxton Film Weekend to look forward to.

Music and Theatre sections are massive as ever with highlights including African soprano, Margaret Ferguson, City of Manchester Opera's concert version of La Traviata, Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and accessible guide to opera, Operatastic! George Telfer returns as John Gielgud and award-winning theatre companies from around the country and beyond are putting on everything from Shakespeare to Joyce Grenfell with plenty of new writing on offer as well.

There is always something different at the Fringe - watch out this year for events at Nice Venues's brand new Marquee venue at Poole's Cavern plus unusual attractions such as a promenade performance in Eyam, art on the Pavilion Gardens' railings, escapology and even an old-fashioned fun fair!

Full details of events will be published in early June in the widely distributed free Fringe programme but you can see how it is shaping up before then by checking out the Fringe's website http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk The website also includes contact information and full details of how to enter.

Celebrations for Fringe30 have already begun. An evening of film, visual arts and music takes place at the home of Fringe main sponsor, the University of Derby Buxton's Dome tonight (April 23). See http://www.buxtonfilm.org.uk for further information and booking details.

PRESS: FOR FURTHER INFO CONTACT FRINGE CHAIR: STEPHANIE BILLEN 01298 79351 or Send message to Press for press officer Robbie Carnegie.