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Ludlow Fringe Festival is ready to roll

Ludlow Fringe Festival is gearing up for its exciting, action-packed programme taking place live at covid-secure venues and online from 18 June to 19 July as well as an art and sculpture trail sure to suit its diverse and ever-growing audiences.

To support its ambitious programme, The Ludlow Fringe Festival has received a grant of £49,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including the Ludlow Fringe Festival in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant will go towards supporting a mixed-model programme with live outdoor and indoor performances in carefully selected venues and a broad and diverse on-line programme of live streamed and pre-recorded performances from local, national and international artists of all genres.

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There is also a planned Art Trail with exhibitions in and around the beautiful medieval town of Ludlow and a Sculpture Trail held in the magical and inspiring grounds of Stokesay Court. The trails will feature uplifting, inspiring artworks from 60 exhibiting artists, painters, sculptors, makers, photographers and other creatives.

Shakespeare lovers will be overwhelmed for choice this year with a six-night production of King Lear in the fabulous grounds of Stokesay Court, a one-night performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream by London-based Quantum Theatre, The Tragedy of Macbeth from award-winning Flabberghast Theatre and a radio play version of Midsummer Night’s Dream for listening at home and bought to you by 2 Score Theatre.

Comedy has always been a cornerstone of the Ludlow Fringe and this year is no exception. From stand up to mad-cap magical escapades from touring comedy theatre groups, there is sure to be some great opportunities for a much needed, rib-tickling laugh. Well-known names include Ivo Graham, Mark Thomas and Alex Kealy and there may also be an iconic British comedian gracing the stage so do keep checking in on our website as tickets will be in great demand.

This year, the Ludlow Fringe’s Grand Finale will be a whole weekend of music and entertainment at the Ludlow Brewery. A chance to hear some great bands, relax, drink some of Britain’s finest ales and celebrate our local community with help from Chaos Theory, Shop Front Heroes, Fight the Bear and Call of the Kraken.

The Ludlow Fringe Festival is vital to the local community, drawing visitors and locals and providing a much needed, economic boost to the town after a year constrained by pandemic restrictions. Artists who were deprived of outlets to pursue their passions will now be able to entertain audiences live.

With more than 100 events, over 28 days, Ludlow Fringe aims to help everyone get back on their feet. 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 19 June – 18 July 2021 and take in some of these incredible performances covering a wide range of genres.

Anita Bigsby, Director, Ludlow Fringe Festival said:

“We’re so pleased to be able to welcome artists back to our market town and to venues around the area. The Ludlow Fringe Festival is an annual pilgrimage for both visitors and performers alike and after a year with limited opportunities to perform in front of live audiences, many are simply looking forward to bringing their art to the world be it live or digital.

“Thanks to the Arts Council, the Shropshire Council and the Ludlow Town Council and other sponsors, we’re doing what the Ludlow Fringe Festival does best – increasing arts engagement and truly delivering arts to all regardless of background, age, ability or disability, with a diverse and comprehensive programme with ticket prices capped and many events are free. We have increased the number of specialist staff to improve quality and output and thereby broadening employment opportunities for artists and arts practitioners.”

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record-breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.
Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair, Arts Council England, said:

“Investing in a thriving cultural sector at the heart of communities is a vital part of helping the whole country to recover from the pandemic. These grants will help to re-open theatres, concert halls, and museums and will give artists and companies the opportunity to begin making new work.

“We are grateful to the Government for this support and for recognising the paramount importance of culture to our sense of belonging and identity as individuals and as a society.”

The funding awarded is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by Arts Council England, as well as Historic England and National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute.

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