Press – Key Facts

  • There were more than 350 Chelsea Fringe events last year
  • Registration will open in January and early bird rates apply until 31 March but registration will continue right through the Fringe – 21 May to 12 June 2016
  • An estimated 200,000 people attended Fringe events over last year’s three-week period.
  • “Achieved 41% awareness of the Chelsea Fringe among Londoners in one year alone”. Source: Fly Research, June 2012
  • 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 almost entirely volunteer-run.
  • Around 400 individuals created the events, while the Chelsea Fringe itself was run by a team of approximately 50 volunteers
  • The Chelsea Fringe attracts 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 was particularly well supported by The Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and The Guardian
  • HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited four Fringe venues/events in Hackney and Shoreditch across an entire morning in the middle of the Fringe’s first year.
  • 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 £25 (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. In 2015 ‘satellite’ Fringes took place in the UK in Aberdeen, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Kent; and further afield in Bergamo, Brescia, Etna, Florence, Milan; Ljubljana; Fukuoka & Nagoya and Melbourne.
  • The Chelsea Fringe operates with the blessing of the Royal Horticultural Society, organisers of Chelsea Flower Show– The Fringe does not last for just three 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 2016 are well under way, with the Fringe’s project co-ordinators working to make ideas come to life

For more information contact founder-director Tim Richardson direct at:
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