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Ludlow Fringe Festival

Address : The Square
Town/City : Ludlow
County : Shropshire
Country : England
Post code : SY8 1AR
Web Site :  www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

15th - 30th June 2019 

Back this summer for its eighth edition, Ludlow Fringe Festival (an independent arts and culture festival) has announced its colourful programme for 2019. Bursting with some of the liveliest, most entertaining performances from local, national and international acts, there's something special to appeal to culture vultures of all ages.

With more than 100 events, across 40 venues, over 16 days - you're guaranteed to find an event that will blow your mind. Whether you enjoy music, comedy, theatre, film, cabaret, poetry, dance, visual art, workshops, talks, kid's activities or story-telling – there is a jam-packed schedule brimming with amazing talent to inspire and excite the senses. Plan your visit to Ludlow between 15th – 30th June and take in some of these incredible performances covering a wide range of genres.

Composer and flamenco guitarist, Daniel Martinez returns to Ludlow's Fringe Festival with his must-see production 'Art of Believing'. Alongside exceptional musicians, singers, guitarists, percussionists, a violinist and a dancer, Daniel Martinez promises an unforgettable evening. Be captivated by an exemplary Flamenco experience, bursting with passion and authenticity, performed in the stunning setting of St Laurence's – the largest parish church in Shropshire. (15th June 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Tickets £15)

Daniel Martinez will also perform a traditional en plein air 'Tablao Flamenco' at Parkway Restaurant. Filled with raw talent from the heart of Andalucía this promises to be a thrilling Flamenco Fiesta (16th June 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Tickets £20 includes tapas and a glass of Sangria)!
Also raising the roof of St Laurence's will be sensational jazz and blues guitarist, Remi Harris. His unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Peter Green and Led Zeppelin. He has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 & 3. Described by Jamie Cullum as 'an extraordinary musician', Remi Harris will dazzle his audience with a mix of jazz standards, improvisation and original compositions and new arrangements (19th June 8.00pm – 10.15pm. Tickets £15/£12 concessions).

And if you want to be part of the action, then get ready to don your flat cap or flapper dress and take a journey back in time with the Peaky Blinders Ludlow Brewery Takeover. Dress up to the nines and join in an evening of beer-soaked fun with themed 1920's entertainment, burlesque, live music and DJ playing vintage beats and songs from the hit TV show (21st June 7.30pm – 11.00pm. Tickets £15).

This year promises to create a real buzz of excitement with numerous noteworthy performances to look forward to. Other Fringe favourites include the annual production of Shakespeare in the Castle. This year, Henry V will be brought to life for five nights, with Ludlow castle's medieval walls providing the atmospheric backdrop.

From stand up, mad-cap magical escapades to funny theatre – comedy has always been a cornerstone of the Ludlow Fringe. With 35 shows during the festival, there is sure to be some rib-tickling laughs on the agenda. Well-known names include Mark Thomas, Nick Helm, Lou Sanders and Stephen Carlin, an eclectic mix of comedy circuit regulars plus up and coming new faces.

There are plenty of amazing acts for the younger family members to enjoy: Kōtuku and the Moon Child - Basal masks, puppetry and breath-taking original piano music tell a story of a little Moon Child who has to learn to adapt to the strange world of planet Earth. An epic adventure of loss, longing and unlikely friendships.

Look out for the FREE events on the square every weekend including the Pride event for LGBTQ. Art Trail runs throughout the town for the whole two weeks exhibiting artists work from all over the region and taking place in around 22 venues and there is also a chance to contribute to the Sculpture Trail at the Dinham Millennium Green on Saturday 15th June where visitors are invited to make clay faces based on the Medieval Carvings, Gargoyles and Miserichords of Ludlow and to secrete them into nooks and crannies around the Green, in the trees and along the river.

This year, the Ludlow Fringe's Grand Finale introduces The Ratpack meet Elvis at Ludlow Brewery. There'll be three great performances, cocktails and a prize for the best dressed swinging cats – so lets face the music and dance (30th June 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Tickets £12/£10)

Over the years, Ludlow Fringe has grown to become one of the biggest regional arts festivals, attracting 800 participants and 12,000 visitors. As an independent arts, community and culture festival, Ludlow Fringe was established in 2013 to provide an inclusive, vibrant and diverse programme of events in the thriving South Shropshire market town each year.

The organisers remain keen to keep the Fringe as accessible and affordable as possible. The maximum ticket price is capped, with most events offering concessionary rates and many are even free to enjoy.

Ludlow Fringe Festival's Managing Director, Anita Bigsby comments; "The team are over the moon with our programme for 2019. There is so much on offer this year. We really hope people will come from near and far to support each and every one of our performers. The arts make such a valuable contribution to our community and it's a great opportunity to see the town really come alive and embrace such a diverse array of talent."

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.ludlowfringe.co.uk

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