Hello all and welcome. The Friday blogs are starting up again. We have a lot of announcements to make and our biggest one is the Swindon Fringe Festival will once again return next year from 1st – 9th April! We’re extremely lucky to be able to run it again and we’re already off to get a great start.

Firstly, we want to say a huge, HUGE THANK YOU to those who have helped us out on Kickstarter already. You may have seen us in the Swindon Advertiser or Swindon Link magazine mentioning that we need the public’s help to raise some funds for Swindon Fringe Festival. It’s not a cheap event to run and as we constantly face more budget cuts from the Arts Council, we do need your support to help us put on a fantastic festival to remember in 2017. We’re only asking for £500 to help print out our brochures which will have the programme listed and will be distributed across Swindon. We’ve got some fun rewards available to those who donate and these range from an Entry to the Platinum Ticket Draw to being a headline Sponsor for an evening. (This will include your name headlining the event, your favourite drink behind the bar, reserved comfy seating for you and your friends and a personal thank you from the performers for you generosity)

It’s only a small click away. Have a look and help us out. Even if it’s as little as £1, it makes a huge difference to us.


We have also launched a brand spanking new website for the Swindon Fringe Festival! Dressed in the Swindon Fringe Festival colour of the year, it will have all the information you need. Venues, Performances, Tickets, Schedules and more will be available as we get closer to 1st – 9th April 2017. Right now, it does look a little empty but that’s because we’re waiting for our applications to come in.


Which brings us onto the next point…did you know our performance applications are open? We’ve been open for 2 weeks now and with well over 30 performers already responding this year! Last year we had a record of 50 different performances apply and it looks like we’re going surpass that greatly. We want absolutely everyone to apply: Jugglers, singers, writers, actors, animal handlers, sound designers, acrobats, musicians, clowns, workshop leaders, painters, filmmakers and any other artistic title you can think of. We have no joining up fee and you get 90% of the ticket sales. Apply here


We are also on the lookout for any local businesses that want to be a part of the Swindon Fringe Festival. If you make a beverage and would like for us to serve it at the bar, please get in contact. If you have a venue and would like to us to us it, please get in contact. If you want your advert in the brochure, your company to Sponsor a night, if you want to offer discounts to those who attend a Swindon Fringe Festival, then get in contact! We want to promote Swindon as much as possible and get you involved too. Our contact details can be found on our website. Oh and don’t forget to find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

We are just at the beginning stages of next year’s festival but here are some dates you need to keep an eye on…

13th November 2016 – Application for Swindon Fringe Festival closes

1st December 2016 – Swindon Fringe Festival Programme Announced

3rd December 2016 – Kickstarter Fundraiser closes

3rd January 2017 – Tickets on sale at The Wyvern


Have a lovely weekend Swinge Fans. We’ll speak again next week!

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