Fringe 2012 open to entries

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It may be wintry weather outside but Buxton Festival Fringe organisers think they have a sure-fire way of making things feel a little warmer.

Entries are now being invited for the popular, open access arts festival, which next year will take place from July 4 to July 22.

For the fourth year running entry fees have stayed the same - from December 1 until February 29 2012 entrants pay £45. From March 1 to March 31 the entry fee is £65 and from April 1 to April 22 it is £80.

Fringe chair Stephanie Billen said: “We’re urging would-be performers to think ahead to next summer and enter sooner rather than later.

“There is no question about it; early birds get their pick of the venues, enjoy the most publicity and also benefit from our discounted entry fee structure.”

Fringe entrants can make their application online at www.buxtonfringe.org.uk, which is packed with useful information.

“We know how important it is for performers to find a good audience so we have included some special marketing tips too, as well as our traditional information on publicity and how to write a press release,” Ms Billen explained.

The website also features a regularly updated venues page and a handy interactive map.

Further welcome news is the return of Underground Venues. Manager Tom Crawshaw said: “After a spectacular 2011 Fringe, we are very pleased to be returning for 2012, running the Old Hall and Pavilion Arts Centre spaces once more.

“The Buxton Fringe has proven to be the perfect setting to promote both household names and local talent under the same roof. We look forward to another fantastic July.”

Entrants wishing to perform at the Underground Venues may need to work to earlier deadlines - consult their website for further details.

Fringe 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, from professional theatre companies and comedians trying out material for Edinburgh, to new performers and amateur groups.

Those wanting to support the Fringe behind the scenes should consider becoming a Fringe Friend. Annual Fringe Friend membership runs from June 1 so when the Fringe is over, half price membership of £5 (£7.50 for joint membership) is offered.

Anyone who signs up now will receive invitations to Friends events during the year plus discounts for Buxton Film, special offers from the University of Derby Buxton and other discounts around the town.

Further details are available on the Fringe website Friends’ page at www.buxtonfringe.org.uk.