Registration now open for fourth Chelsea Fringe Festival

Chelsea Fringe Festival calling for ideas for projects

The fourth Chelsea Fringe Festival is now accepting ideas for 2015 projects and the organisers are calling for ‘prospective fringers’ to contact with ideas for submission.

The festival is, say the organisers, ‘a celebration of all things garden, landscape and environment related and involves community garden groups, individuals, artists, poets, restaurateurs, museums, galleries, schools and hospitals – or anyone with an interest in gardening’.

This year, satellite Chelsea Fringes are planned for Melbourne, Milan, Vienna, Ljubljana, Nagoya (Japan) and ‘a clutch of UK towns and cities’, including Brighton, Bristol and Henley-on-Thames.

‘When the Fringe began I always envisaged it could be a national or international event,’ says festival director Tim Richardson, ‘but that side of things has grown much more quickly than expected, to our delight and astonishment’.

In the 2014 Fringe, he adds, there were as many events outside London as there were in the capital. ‘The idea has clearly struck a chord with people. We have been constantly amazed by the inventiveness and drive of Fringe participants and are now actively looking to encourage new participants as well as those who have been in the Fringe before’.

If it’s ‘on-topic, legal and interesting’, says Richardson, ‘then the chances are it can go in the Fringe’.

There are no selection committees, judging panels or medals. The Fringe encourages new ideas and ‘new ways to explore the amazing world of gardens and gardening’.

Fringe-goers can look forward to 22 days, four weekends and one Bank Holiday Monday ‘bursting with exciting gardening projects and events’. The first event to register for the 2015 Fringe is Drawing Squares of Georgian London, ‘a close and unusual look at three of Bloomsbury’s squares and gardens’.

Visitors will have two opportunities to enjoy this event on May 16, from 2pm to 5pm and May 17 from 2pm-5pm. ‘This three-hour workshop will offer an unusual two-fold approach to looking at, thinking about, and using urban parks and gardens’.

The meeting place is Bedford Square Gardens, then a walk to Tavistock Square and from there to Brunswick Square. At each site, Tom Gretton will talk about the ways that the square gardens were constructed and maintained for use by their early residents, and about the ways in which the square evolved from an expression of the communal life of the city into a space of private recreation and visual pleasure. This will be followed by an opportunity to draw, with tips from painter Gilly Hatch.

The 2015 Festival will run from 16 May to 7 June and registration is now open, on the Chelsea Fringe website.


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