While Buxton International Festival has sadly been cancelled this year, because of the Covid-19 crisis, Buxton Festival Fringe organisers are hoping their event will go ahead in some form.
Likened to Edinburgh Fringe, organisers say they will always act according to government guidelines and stress that performers should not risk their health or that of the wider community through unsafe practices – either during the Fringe or before it.
Some key changes have been introduced, including an extension of the entries deadline to 1st June at which point the Fringe will take stock on how to proceed.
Up until this point, if performers decide to withdraw from the Fringe they can ask for (and will receive) a full entry fee refund.
The normally staggered entry fee will be a flat £50 across the board, with partial refunds promised to anyone who has paid the full £70 March fee.
The full printed programme is unfortunately unlikely to be produced this year, but entrants have been asked to offer links to further pictures and to add online content to the Buxton Fringe website.
Currently there are more than 100 events.
“We are entirely independent of the Festival, and fortunately don’t have the same financial risks and pressures they do, so we can be more nimble”, explained Fringe chair Stephen Walker.
“The town will definitely need something to look forward to over the coming weeks, and whilst it may be a very different Fringe we are hopeful it will still be a Fringe.”
Entries co-ordinator Ian Bowns added: “We will not put people at risk.
“We hope that actions taken recently and over coming weeks will have the intended impact and by July live performances can again be judged safe by experts.
“If not, or certain types of performance are still felt to be too risky, we have a number of innovative performances which could constitute a more limited Fringe.”
Ian concluded: “Circumstances may change and we will keep our plans under continuous consideration to respond responsibly to emerging risks.”