Fringe 2011 celebrates record figures

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BUXTON Festival Fringe is celebrating another year of record-breaking figures, with more people than ever attending the biggest ever Fringe.

Despite the tough economic climate, ticket sales were up seven per cent to an estimated 9,692 for 2011, and thousands more attended free events such as Fringe Sunday.

Total spend in the local area by audiences and performers was around £334,000 including food, accommodation, performers’ local spending and ticket sales, almost identical to last year’s.

The economic downturn did impact on the number of events that each audience member attended, but this was compensated for by an increase in the number of attendees by 27 per cent.

The 2011 Fringe was the biggest ever with 160 entrants and a wide variety of arts on offer. A continuing rise in the number of local people attending was supplemented by an increase in people from outside the area.

Fringe Chair, Stephanie Billen, said, “It’s great to see the Fringe going from strength to strength and continuing to grow its audience in difficult times. These figures confirm the Fringe’s importance to the life of the town and to the local economy.”

Anyone interested in getting involved or who has an interest in the Fringe should contact Stephanie on info@buxtonfringe.org.uk or attend the AGM on November 9 at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton at 7pm.