Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival 2023

The Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival 2023, which runs until July 16, returns this summer for its third year. Inspired by the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe, the town will see a buzzing programme of events taking place day and night for two weeks across multiple venues in the area, with local support from The Hive, RTW Together, TN Card and the Langton Green Village Society.

The TW Fringe Festival is the brainchild of Debbie King, Founder of the Talentz Musical Theatre Company, along with fellow organisers Nell Price of Arty Farty, Grace Simpson of Goupie and local performance artist, Aimee Cooper.

At their launch at the Grosvenor & Hilbert Park Hub last month, Debbie commented: “TW Fringe is an exciting collection of events featuring over 200 acts made up of hundreds of local and national artists.

“It offers a host of performances across the arts, performing in over 46 venues in Tunbridge Wells. We kick off with a fantastic opening ceremony on Saturday July 1.

From comedy to dance, and spoken word to children’s entertainment and live music to workshops, there is something for everybody. There’s even a silent disco making its way around the town!

TW Fringe is also supporting two very special local charities: Taylor Made Dreams, which grants bucket list wishes and offers holistic support to children with life-limiting illnesses in Kent and Sussex; and Fegans, which provides counselling to children and support to parents.

Some of the events this year are free to attend, some request a donation and others are ticketed – all the details are available on the Fringe Festival website.

A whole range of venues from traditional theatres to pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, in addition to more quirky settings and outdoor locations will take part under the banner of TWFringe.

Nell Price added: “The idea is that everyone will benefit from the Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival – local businesses will gain from increased footfall in the area.

“We have some brilliant award-winning acts who are touring the world fringe circuit and we can’t wait to bring them to your doorstep! Along with the local artists who can express their talents within the community, audiences will once again get to enjoy a complete range of performances, rediscover local venues and maybe explore somewhere new.”

For more information and to book tickets, please visit: twfringe.com and follow @twfringefestival on Instagram or @TWFringe on Facebook.

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