bath fringe festival 2017Bath Fringe Festival returns to the streets of Bath between Friday 26th May through to Sunday 11th June.

Bath Fringe is a festival of all the arts and features theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy, a children’s festival, street theatre and more, in venues located throughout the city. The festival lasts for two weeks and three weekends each year in early summer in the beautiful city of Bath.

Bath Fringe began with the Walcot Festivals of the 1970s and early 1980s, mostly run by a community group called Bath Arts Workshop. Bath Fringe was set up with the support of the council in 1981, then a new group was started in 1991 to promote a festival that same year. The group, Bath Fringe Ltd (a cooperative) is still active today and includes promoters, artists, performers, venue volunteers and audience members.

Over the years the Fringe has developed artforms events and audiences that have in many cases become mainstream, others of which have been taken on and commercialised by other promoters and festivals. ‘Affordable Art’, Spoken Word, Digital Arts and Media, Standup Comedy, Cabaret, Physical Theatre, Circus Arts, Folk & World Music, Latin Dance, Jazz, and the serious presentation of major figures from Pop, Rock and Black Music have all been Fringe centrepieces.

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