High Wycombe will come alive next month as a family friendly street party and Edinburgh Fringe style festival head to the town.
For the third year running numerous acts ranging from comedy to Covent Garden inspired street performances will take over the town for the Wycombe Fringe Festival.
Aiming to provide an unusual take on the well-established Wycombe Arts Festival, which features classical performances, the fringe fest showcase the best alternative acts the town has to offer.
The event will run from April 29 to May 28 and will include a ‘town centre takeover’ every Saturday featuring a range of street performers entertaining weekend shoppers.
Claire Moon, who is helping to organise the event alongside Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music, said:
“The arts festival is well established but we felt there was room for something more contemporary, more diverse. We wanted to embrace that and give it a platform.
“It is still very much in its early years. We hope to make it more visible next year, get more people involved, more venues and get people to think outside the box – comedy in the pub, a band in the hair dressers, theatre in the café, something a bit more unusual.”
The fringe will culminate on Sunday, May 28 when the annual Frogfest – which is organised by the town centre improvement group HWBIDCo - will return to the public square in Frogmoor.
Celebrating its fourth year the event promises to be the best yet with two music stages, a range of food stalls, performers and children’s entertainment.
Ms Moon added: “I am really looking forward to it. It is going to be a great day. I am hoping there will be more people, I think it is going to be great, more compare with other years and long may it continue.
“I think High Wycombe is an up and coming town. It looks better and all of this going on makes it more attractive.
“The town really has a lot to offer and events like this help out the business in the town and bring more customers in.
“Frogest came out of a conversation with High Wycombe BIDCo a few years ago, imagine what could happen if people spoke out about the things they want to see happen in the town?”
For more information on the events running as part of the Wycombe Fringe Fest and Frogfest follow @WycFringe and @HWFrogFest on Twitter and visit https://issuu.com/emmaloukeating/docs/wycombe_fringe_festival_2017