Chelmsford to stage 10-day fringe festival

After a long hiatus in the performing arts sector, 2022 has been slowly giving Brits one of their favourite kinds of entertainment back. Live concerts, theatres and comedy sessions are finally back and this summer looks promising for those who have been missing art experiences.

After a successful pilot day last year, Chelmsford Fringe is expanding to a 10-day festival from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17 across the city and across the arts.

From theatre to short films, they will be showcasing a wide range of talent and art suitable for the whole family. The comedy week will feature a number of notable acts, whilst their family programme will offer entertainment for younger audiences.

The programme includes performances and exhibitions in different local venues, from the high street to Chelmsford Cathedral.

Among the attractions already confirmed are a series of Edinburgh Fringe previews, with names like Jayde Adams (8 Out of 10 Cats, House of Games) and Simon Brodkin (AKA Lee Nelson). AComedy Club is hosting shows with the likes of Tom Ward and guests, plus the festival offers 7½ Years – A One Man Musical and the ARU Chamber Music Concert, with many more to be announced.

With the aim to reach a wider community of art enthusiasts, the festival has partnered with Maldon Festival (June 25 – July 11), ensuring the area is surrounded by arts throughout the month

The festival is also reaching out to local companies that might be interested in sponsorship and members of the community to be volunteers.

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Comedian Simon Brodkin

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