This week we talk to Tanith Lindon from the Geffrye Museum, which is one of our very staunchest supporters. In fact, a favourite throwback moment is from the first year of the Fringe in 2012 when we had a royal visit. Festival director Tim Richardson, in Martin Bell safari suit and red floral tie, escorted the Duchess of Cornwall through the gates of the Geffrye. It was a brilliant day!
Introduce yourself, Tanith… I am commercial manager at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. I’ve been putting on events for most of my professional life, from theatre and comedy nights, to immersive parties and festivals.
For the Chelsea Fringe last year, I created Urban Lush, which was a free day of green events on the museum’s luscious lawns. We had plant stalls, flower garland-making, botanical cocktails, a vegetable carving competition, and of course the Tour de Plants, which was a free, guided cycle ride around east London’s greenest spots, starting and ending at the Geffrye.
What has been your favourite Chelsea Fringe moment? So many more people turned up for the bike ride (Tour de Plants) than I expected, and whizzing through the green bits of east London in a flower-adorned peloton of merry strangers was wonderful!
Why did the Geffrye Museum want to get involved in the Fringe? The core idea of a community-focused, free celebration of all things plant is just such a lovely way to bring people together. It attracts a total spectrum of people, young and old.
Tell us three words that sum up the Chelsea Fringe for you? Fun, altruistic, connecting.
What’s your top tip for someone taking part in the Fringe for the first time? Just have a go! There are no rules, so be as imaginative as you like.
Who is your gardening hero? My dad.
What is your guilty pleasure? Those Dutch toffee waffles (stroopwaffles)… sugary goodness and very easy to smash back a whole pack if no one’s around to judge you.
What’ do you listen to while you work? I like BBC Radio 6 Music. But I’ve got into podcasts while I’m on the move; current favourites are Reasons to be Cheerful and the Adam Buxton podcast.
Image: Urban-Lush – Tour de Plants – Tanith Lindon