Shaftesbury Fringe 2021

Shaftesbury Fringe 2021 is an open access performing arts festival that takes place every summer. It is a celebration of all things creative, and welcomes both new and established artists to perform and exhibit in one of over 30 unique venues within our town.

Founded in 2016 by Andy Tebbutt-Russell & Samantha, Shaftesbury Fringe is fast becoming one of the key Fringe festivals in the country.

Covid means the 2021 event will be a little smaller, and a bit later this year – but the organisers are delighted to have almost 100 performances taking place over four days of the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

The aim is to have something for everyone – and between the music, comedy, dance, theatre (and everything in between) they’ve probably got you covered. It’s not just about the expected venues either – events are scattered throughout the town, ranging from  historic churches to cosy cafes and encompassing hairdressing salons and a dentist’s surgery!

Take a look at the website and browse the 2021 Programme – maybe you’re looking for the ‘Singing Bowl Chill Out’? Lie down in Bell St United Church and listen to ‘a crystal and Tibetan bowl soundbath’. (£10)

Or head to the Grosvenor Hotel for ‘a tour de force of epic dimensions’ with The Bard of Windmill Hill (£5).

Saturday night at the Two Brewers is to the sound of popular covers from the 60’s onwards from Georgie Girl (free).

Sunday night at the Grosvenor is an evening of songs and silliness with Shaftesbury’s very own male a cappella group ‘The Spoonfeds’ (£Pay What It’s Worth)

Download the Shaftesbury Fringe App for the easiest way to plan your trip to the Fringe (Apple & Android). You’ll find full details of every performance together with a planner to save your favourite shows. There’s also a handy map to help you find the venues.

By: Laura Hitchcock

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