Chelsea Fringe goes worldwide

The 4th Chelsea Fringe Festival is a celebration of all things garden, landscape and environment related and involves community garden groups, individuals, artists, poets, restaurateurs, museums, galleries, schools, hospitals. In fact, anyone with an interest in gardening can get involved.

This year there are ‘satellite’ Chelsea Fringes planned for Melbourne, Milan, Nagoya [Japan] and Henley-on-Thames (as well as a clutch of other UK towns), in addition to Brighton, Bristol, Kent, Vienna and Ljubljana.? When asked about the Fringe, Festival director Tim Richardson said, ?When the Fringe began I always envisaged it could be a national or international event, but that side of things has grown much more quickly than expected, to our delight and astonishment.?

The 2015 Festival will run from May 16 to June 7. If it’s on-topic, legal and interesting, then the chances are it can go in the Fringe. There are no selection committees, judging panels or medals. The Fringe encourages new ideas and new ways to explore the amazing world of gardens and gardening.? The Fringe is growing year on year from 100 events in 2012 to over 250 in 2014, but the most important factor remains the quality and quirkiness of the projects.

The 1st event to register for the 2015 Fringe is Drawing Squares of Georgian London, a close and unusual look at three of Bloomsbury?s squares and gardens.

Another exciting confirmation is the Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green, which has signed up to the Fringe for the 3rd year running. From 19-31 May the gallery will play host to approximately 18 artists with a mix of paintings, original prints, sculpture, mixed media and textiles.

The 4th Chelsea Fringe Festival is now accepting ideas for 2015 projects and prospective ?fringers? should contact with ideas for submission. Registration will open in January at

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