In Scotland they have The Edinburgh Fringe and last year for the first time in London, The Chelsea Fringe was launched.
The Chelsea Fringe ran during The Chelsea Flower Show with over 100 garden-related projects and displays across London. Due to its huge success, The Chelsea Fringe is set to continue in conjunction with The Chelsea Flower Show next year, 2013.
Being entirely volunteer-based, but looking for sponsorship (anyone?) this wonderful project showed such quirky things such as a bicycle beer garden, medicinal plant workshops. There may be a sad looking flower bed next to your flat and wondered what could be done to improve it, now is the opportunity to start something good and get the community involved.
From Community gardening, to walks, pop up restaurants, exhibitions, shops, talks, art installations, Festival Director Tim Richardson says “The idea is that anything goes, as long as it’s interesting and connected with gardening, gardens, plants or landscape. We also want to encourage people from the art and design fields, who might not think of themselves as part of the garden world, to get involved.” So if you don’t make it to The Chelsea Flower Show Hospitality, do be part of the Fringe.
Certainly Tim’s idea “viral” festival which covers different areas of London, from the smark and commercialised West End to the traditional London living, where community initiatives may be deemed most appropriate has seemed to take off.
Best of luck for 2013. Hope to see lots of familiar faces at The Chelsea Flower Show next year.