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Chelsea Fringe festival returns for ninth year

The Chelsea Fringe is the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the horticultural calendar. It has announced its return from Saturday 16 May – Sunday 24 May.

Festival director Tim Richardson said:
“Every year the Fringe turns up new and amazing events which surprise and delight us. That’s because we are a true Fringe festival in that we do not commission or curate, but accept all comers and steer with a light touch.
People often ask whether we turn down event ideas. We never do, as long as it is on topic, legal, quirky, and original. The result is a festival that is constantly evolving and that reflects the diversity of the people and communities who are passionate about gardens, growing, and the green outdoors.”
Since its inception in 2011, the independent, unfunded and volunteer-run Fringe has now seen more than 1,700 events created for the festival. Gardening and plants remain at the heart of the Fringe. But, its imaginative participants always come up with diverse and surprising events that draw in food and drink, arts and crafts, health and science, poetry and film.
Despite its name, the festival reaches well beyond Chelsea, to the far corners of the UK and around the world. Events have taken place on the Isle of Mull, in Monmouth, Margate, Leeds, Bristol and Henley-on-Thames, and the Fringe’s global appeal has been underlined by enthusiastic participants signing up in Sweden, Poland, Italy, Australia, and Japan.
The Chelsea Fringe is now inviting individuals and organisations, first-timers and Fringe veterans, to contact us at [email protected] outlining what they propose to do as part of the 2020 festival programme. Anyone interested or intrigued is invited to attend an open launch meeting in central London on Monday 10th February – email for full details.
Formal registration continues until the end of the Fringe, but potential event organisers are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible in order to make the most of the promotional potential that taking part brings.
For more information on the festival click here.
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