Time to submit entries for Buxton Fringe

Buxton Festival Fringe is back for 2013 and opens for entries on Saturday December 1. And the good news is entry fees remain unchanged for the fifth year.

The Fringe is proud of its record in keeping entry fees down, which is thanks to the generous sponsorship of the University of Derby at Buxton, as well as supporters including Trevor Osborne of the Crescent Spa Hotel Project, the Cavendish Arcade, the Old Hall and High Peak Borough Council, and Fringe Friends.

To qualify for the cheapest fees enter before February 28 for only £45. Prices will be £65 to enter in March and £80 for last minute entries up to April 21, which is the absolute final deadline to appear in the printed programme.

There is full guidance for entrants on the website http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk including special marketing tips and information about venues. Entrants organise their own venue and enter the Fringe online. The managed venue Underground Venues http://underthefringe.com/ , which does select its acts, will also be operating again next year.

As the programme develops over the winter and spring, entries will appear on the Fringe website but the Fringe is also planning to increase its email communications to keep Fringe fans up to date.

Fringe chair Stephanie Billen explained: “We’ve realised that we communicate a lot by email to the performers but that we could do more to let audiences know about all the exciting Fringe events in store for them.

“As entries co-ordinator, Keith Savage, is the first person to know who’s coming in to the Fringe and he also receives lots of extra information about shows beyond what goes in the programme. Registering your interest in the Fringe via our website http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk is absolutely free and means you’ll be kept up to date without being at all inundated by communication from us.”

The Fringe does not select or censor and entries traditionally come from a wide variety of the arts including music, drama, visual arts, dance, film, comedy as well as workshops, walks and talks. Anyone can enter the Fringe, from professional theatre companies and comedians trying out material for Edinburgh, to new performers and amateur groups.