Thursday, September 28, 2023

Announcing … Belper Fringe

We are excited to announce the launch, through renovation and rebrand, of Belper’s theatre, music and art festival.  Belper Arts Festival becomes Belper Fringe, as it is stripped of its murky past and, in new hands, begun again.

Following the financial mismanagement and missing funds from Belper Arts Festival, by George Gunby, members of the community took over the festival and have completely separated it from its past.

The new group has a new bank account with multiple signatories, and is in the process of registering as a charity. They have already assigned trusted members of the community as trustees.  They have an expert treasurer, and have started again, from scratch, with £0.

This week they relaunched as Belper Fringe, with artwork by Andy Mayers, the artist behind Sacrifice.

The Facebook Page states;

Belper Fringe Festival 2020 will run from 1st May to 14 June with over 1000 participants in 80 venues and on the streets. The full programme will be published soon.

The new website can be found HERE.

There are already events loaded up, although so far these events are being promoted by Belper Fringe but are not part of Belper Fringe.  The Belper Fringe will be running a VE Day event, which aims to transform Belper back the 30s and 40s in a peace celebration.

Keep an eye on these pages for information on VE Day, opportunities to get involved, fundraising events, and the announcement of the full programme in due course.

Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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