First Edinburgh, now London. More than 13 West End theatres – some big, some small – met to discuss taking part in London’s first city-wide fringe arts festival. The London Festival Fringe is set to hit the capital’s cultural scene from 6 – 30 August 2010, running parallel to the well-respected Edinburgh festival. There has been much debate about the timing of the London festival and whether regular Edinburgh performers and visitors will be tempted away from the Scottish city. This is still an unknown.
Director Greg Tallent said, “London is the world’s greatest art centre, drawing performers from around the globe. We want to bring together fringe artists to give audiences innovative acts in one place at one time – in every sphere, from comedy and drama to music, film and street theatre.
“In July 2009 we organised the London Bridge Festival, which was a great success. It’s now time to bring together London’s fringe scene and give it the international recognition it deserves.”
The organisers have also created the London Fringe Club that gives artists and performers the opportunity to get involved with the Festival right now. It has been organised to offer a social networking forum where people can meet with one another and discuss ideas to make their show or event happen. It is open to all, free, and no membership is required. All are welcome and details of forthcoming events are available at www.londonfestivalfringe.com.