Shaftesbury Fringe will be “bigger and better”

artsnewsfringeSHAFTESBURY Fringe Festival returns, from 30th June to 2nd July, and will be “bigger and better” says founder Andy Tebbutt-Russell, who organised last year’s successful inaugural event.

The 2016 festival, which included a performance from the balcony of the Grosvenor Hotel by Andy’s singer-actress wife Samantha, spread across the whole of Shaftesbury, with more than 90 shows and performances in 32 venues, from pubs to the arts centre to Shakespeare in the cattle market auction ring.

Andy says: “Samantha and I moved to Shaftesbury in the autumn of 2015 and were struck by a number of things. Apart from being a very pretty town it is also very arty, very friendly and very compact. It seemed an ideal place to launch a new Fringe event and so when we returned from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe that’s what we set about doing.

“We were genuinely overwhelmed by the level of support, not just from the local community but also from performers and visitors who made the weekend the success it became. We are in no doubt that 2017 will be bigger and better!”

artsnewsfringe2Shaftesbury Fringe is an open access arts festival, celebrating the arts in all forms, and welcoming anyone with an act or a story, established performers or newcomers.

There will be a Fringe preview on Saturday 19th February from 6pm at the jungle-themed Angola 76 bar-restaurant in Mustons Lane.

The Fringe festival will coincide with the weekend of Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill Fair, on Sunday 2nd July.

For more information or you would like to take part in or offer a venue, viait the website

Pictured: The new Fringe logo, and perforemance of Shakespeare highlights in the auction ring of Shaftesbury cattle market.