Fringe grows in Morecambe

by Gary West


Morecambe Fringe, the world’s newest fringe festival, is to celebrate World Fringe Day.

Morecambe Promenade
Morecambe Promenade

An event on July 11 at The Carleton club, will also include the launch of the programme for its shows in September.

The evening sees Morecambe join the world’s cultural map along with 200 other fringes across the UK, Europe and the world, the biggest being the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which celebrated its 70th anniversary this year.

Morecambe’s new fringe is based in the West End, which used to be a key part of the town’s cultural life with its two musical halls.

Co-directors of Morecambe Fringe, Matt Panesh and Nick Awde, see the festival as a vital way of bringing in visitors to the area, and boosting local businesses, in addition to being an opportunity for sponsorship.

Mr Panesh said: "Fringe festivals have a way of adapting theatre, comedy, music and dance to not only the local community but also to the local economy.

"They bring measurable benefits to the area and there’s a knock on presence throughout the rest of the year."

Mr Awde said: "We’re thrilled that fringe will be very much centred around the Carleton.

"Located on the West End seafront, it was the old Alhambra Palace Theatre, one of the top musical halls in the UK."

He added: "The new owner Ian Bond is not only restoring the building to its former glory but he also understands its potential for the wellbeing of the area. Opening it up again to the performing arts is certainly a major new step for culture in the West End"

Morecambe Fringe is the first performing arts festival to be established in the town and is part of a scheme to establish year round cultural engagement, focusing on the local community and businesses.

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:13PM
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