Welcome to Shaftesbury Fringe 2018!

As one of the fastest growing performance arts festivals in the South West, Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 looks set to be another fabulous weekend of fun and frolics in our beautiful hilltop town.
Whether you are a performer or a visitor we hope you’ll find everything you need here on our website.
Registration for Shaftesbury Fringe 2018 is now open! Click here to start.


Locals Asked To ‘Phone A Friend’!

Do you have a friend or relative who can sing, perform stand-up or poetry? Performers’ registration has now opened for ...
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Shaftesbury’s Fringe Benefits Business

Shaftesbury's Fringe Festival is good for the local economy. That's according to business owners who hosted performances during this summer's ...
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Tourism Bosses Say ‘Book Now’ For Shaftesbury Fringe 2018

Shaftesbury’s tourism leaders are advising people who want to visit the town for Fringe 2018 to book their accommodation early ...
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Calling Street Performers And Buskers To Shaftesbury Fringe 2018!

Calling all street performers and buskers to Shaftesbury Fringe 2018. There’s no need to pay a registration fee, simply email ...
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Wild Camping At The Shaftesbury Fringe!

If you haven't already booked your accommodation, here’s an idea for you... why not enjoy a proper festival experience by ...
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60 Seconds with…Jacqueline Kroft!

The beautiful and amazingly talented Jacqueline Kroft tells us about perfect parents and learning scales on both hands... Q: How ...
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Sssh! It’s The BIG Shaftesbury Silence!

You’ve probably heard of ‘The Big Quiet’ which takes place in New Yorks Central Park, well now we have ‘The ...
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60 Seconds with…Anne-Louise!

We talk to the Shaftesbury based folk singer about classical concerts and middle earth. Here's 60 seconds with Anne-Louise... Q: ...
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60 Seconds with…Dr Blue!

We talk to Tom Waits' 'love child' about his music and find out what he's got planned for Shaftesbury Fringe ...
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60 Seconds with…Sebastian Hayes!

We are very excited to be welcoming local science fiction writer Sebastian Hayes back to the Fringe this year for ...
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60 Seconds with…Col Howarth!

We talk to the smiling assassin about The Edinburgh Fringe, coin tricks and Stan Laurel in drag. Here's 60 seconds ...
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Street Performers & Buskers – Free registration!

If you're a busker or street performer and fancy a trip to Shaftesbury fringe festival this July then we want ...
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60 Seconds with…Sam Fraser!

We ask journalist and presenter, Fortysomething Fan Girl, a few probing questions... Q: How did you first discover your talent?  ...
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60 Seconds with…ScuttleShake!

We ask the award winning, acoustic four-piece to put down their instruments and answer some serious questions... Q: How did ...
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Black Pig Safari Tent Retreats – Glamping at the Fringe!

If you’re planning to stay in Shaftesbury for the fringe festival and fancy something a little bit different, look no ...
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60 Seconds with…Frank Pickering!

As well as writing novels and short stories Frank is also a musician and prize-winning poet. Here's 60 seconds with ...
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Key Fringe Dates

1st Dec 2017 - Open Call for Performers
1st Feb 2018 - Performers Early Bird Deadline
30th April 2018 - Performers Final Deadline
14th May 2018 - Programme copy and images Deadline
29th Jun 2018 - Fringe ahoy!

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