• The Chelsea Fringe is an alternative garden festival celebrating community growing initiatives, outdoor performance,  botanical art, walks, talks and events during two weeks across late May and early June.
  • There were more than 350 Chelsea Fringe events last year, the fifth year of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. We have now seen more than 1,000 events created for the festival.
  • An estimated 200,000 people attended Fringe events over last year’s three-week period.
  • Projects ranged from community-garden events to avant-garde art installations, from walks, talk and performances, to workshops, dinners, demonstrations and on-street ‘happenings’. Nearly all the events were free.
  • The Fringe, a community interest company (CIC), is unsponsored, unfunded and volunteer-run.
  • The World Festival Network has called the Chelsea Fringe ‘the fastest-growing Fringe festival ever’.
  • Around 1,000 individuals created the events, while the Chelsea Fringe itself was run by a team of approximately 50 volunteers.
  • In 2016 there were a number of ‘satellite’ Chelsea Fringe Festivals – in Bristol, Brighton, Kent, Henley-on-Thames, Poland, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Melbourne, the Isle of Mull and five cities in Italy – with more coming on board for 2017.
  • The Chelsea Fringe attracted national and international media coverage, including BBC and ITV television news, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio London, as well as articles/listings in all the major broadsheet newspapers. The Fringe has been particularly well supported by The Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard and The Guardian.
  • The Chelsea Fringe is a true Fringe festival in that
    • it operates on the Fringe of an established event or festival [in this case, Chelsea Flower Show], and
    • it works on an ‘open-access principle’, in that if it’s interesting, legal and on the topic of plants, gardens or landscape, it’s in!
  • Anyone can enter a project in the Chelsea Fringe; most projects pay £30 (volunteer/community rate).
  • There is an increasing national and international component to the Fringe. In its first year a number of international artists participated, and the intention has always been to spread the Fringe ideal more widely.
  • The Chelsea Fringe operates with the blessing of the Royal Horticultural Society, organisers of Chelsea Flower Show.
  • The Fringe does not last for just two weeks. We continue to encourage the spread of ‘fringe gardening’ (as we like to call it) all year round.
  • The Fringe was an original idea by founder-director Tim Richardson, a garden writer and historian.
  • Preparations for Chelsea Fringe 2017 are well under way and Registration is open, with the Fringe’s project co-ordinators working to make ideas come to life.

For more information, please see: www.chelseafringe.com or contact us on: info@chelseafringe.com