History

What is Shaftesbury Fringe?

Shaftesbury Fringe is an open access arts festival and takes place from the 30th June to the 2nd July in the hill top town of Shaftesbury, Dorset. It is a celebration of all things creative which means anyone with a story to tell can put on a fringe event. We welcome both new and established artists to perform and exhibit in one of over 40 unique venues within our town.

Who started it?

Andy Tebbutt-Russell & Samantha, joint presidents of Shaftesbury Fringe 2017, were principal organisers of the first Shaftesbury Fringe.

“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. With the help of a few dedicated local people we managed to put on a successful first Fringe in 2016 with over 90 shows performing at 32 venues. 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. Thanks to the new core members of the fringe team, we are in no doubt that 2017 will be bigger and better!”