Volunteers behind the Chelsea Fringe Festival have decided to suspend it “for the foreseeable future in order to focus on other work and projects.”
The announcement comes after founder-director Tim Richardson decided to step down after 12 years at the helm. “Now it feels like it’s the right time for all of us to step back and allow the Fringe to develop under new leadership, or else for the festival to go quiet for a while,” says Richardson.
The Chelsea Fringe was founded in 2010 as an “alternative” to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that takes place in London each May. It looked to showcase community and guerrilla gardening as well as arts, crafts, performance, history and therapeutic practice.
More than 2,200 events have taken place as part of the Festival, mostly in London but also across the UK and other countries. The community interest company (CIC) has received no corporate or civic sponsorship or funding, other than from the National Trust in its second year. It is run through volunteers.
Those with a viable future plan for the Fringe are being encouraged to get in touch, be it a volunteer group or a new prospective director.