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Welcome to Fringe 2003, 17 days of all the arts we can think of (and several that don't have names yet) and some of the biggest parties of the year. 150 events and counting (things are still being added, when it's a new event that isn't in the printed programme we'll tell you here on our home page too) all over the city and occasionally beyond, it's your best chance all year to discover Bath – whether you live here or not, whether you think you know the place or not – and discover what makes its artists and audiences tick. Or discover some new talent, or rediscover a legend, or just spend some time with some of your alltime favourites...
Our biggest news this year is the glorious Spiegel Palace on Bath's Recreation Ground, hosting free events & kids' events all day for 9 days, and concerts in the evening, all within the mirror-bedecked Art Nouveau splendour of one of the last remaining Spiegeltents, travelling venues since the 1920s.
Take your pick from these:
As Meninas featuring Monica Vasconcelos – The sultriest Brazilian Bossa - May 23
James Hunter Band – feel-perfect and original '60s-style soul-blues – May 24
Flook! – THE biggest name in Britfolk instrumental – May 25
Rory McLeod – unique & much-loved troubadour – May 26
Noel Britten, Tim Vine and John Archer – comedy & magic from Bath's own comic legend & friends – May 27
Seydu – fresh from Sierra Leone – May 28
Jamie Cullen Trio – Frank Sinatra meets Robbie Williams, the new singing sensation – May 29
New Cool Collective – world-beating funkolatin jazz from Holland – May 30
Voodoo Vaudeville – sleazy cabaret like you've always known it ought to be... – May 31
But it doesn't stop there: there's the best-for-years Theatre programme at the Rondo, a full fortnight's programme at Moles & the Porter Cellar, an eclectic selection at Windows (including a gift from the Greek Government, top Athens fusion band Mode Plagal) and an extended Bedlam Fair street festival concentrated in Green Park Station and Sydney Gardens, complete with an extended version of last year's most-talked-about event, the Quest. Get yourself to those listings directly!
We like to think this is the best Fringe yet – perhaps we always say that – but this year we're achieving some long-held ambitions and we really think we've got our priorities right. Think you don't agree? Look at our history pages .
We regret to announce that this year there is NO Bath Children's Art Festival. This is because of what we here call 'volunteer fatigue' – like many Fringe Events, the Kids' Festival was mostly run by volunteers with very-part-time administration & direction; this year other pressures got too much and they simply couldn't do it. There are a selection of events in the Spiegel Palace, a day at Bath City Farm, and kids' events attached to The Quest and to The Wheel Thing pedal-power festival. bath Children's Arts Festival will be back and reinvigorated in 2004.
The Live 6X show
In the spirit of moving the mountain to Mohammed (do be careful, Mr Bush) we're even taking Fringe events to people who don't expect they're going to be at a Fringe event. In combination with our new major sponsors Wadworth's 6X we're parachuting some Fringe performers into Wadworth's pubs - try The Curfew (Cleveland Place), The Rose & Crown (Larkhall), The New Inn (Monmouth Place), the New Westhall (Upper Bristol Road) – UTTERLY without warning. There may be some more news about that on this page later, but maybe not, that's how Fringe we are round here, mate. Otherwise we take no responsibility for what you do down the pub, nor how you like to get your 6X.
Don't leave this site without checking:
Fringe Visual Arts Programme
Fringe Art Fair
Green Park Station
25 & 26 May (note new dates)
Bedlam Fair Street Arts Festival
Green Park Station, Sydney Gardens, the streets of Bath
31 May & 1 June
31 May & 1 June
The Wheel Thing pedal-power festival
leading up to June 7
Walcot Nation Day
This is the place to note changes in events previously published, so it may be worth looking here every time you visit the site.
Sat.24 May: LAFKADIO
Lafkadio couldn't get anyone to pay their fare over from France (well, we think that's what they were saying, French hiphopspeak specialises in being incomprehensible) and aren't coming this year. BOOO. Something good is being lined up to replace them (...honest...) but we don't know what it is yet.
Sun.25 May - support for FLOOK!
- comes from Su Hart & Martin Cradick of Baka Beyond doing their rarely-heard and wonderful Folk set - another Bath home triumph!!
Wed.28 May: STONEGRUVE SPECIAL
Ace HipHop night at Moles just for the Fringe - see listing.
Wed.28 May - ROCKAOKE
CANCELLED! BOO! I had my costume ready 'n' all... To be replaced by something we don't know about yet but rest assured we'll tell you when we do. the guys say they'll be doing it later in the year sometime - and they ain't doing it now 'cos they've got too much PROPER WORK to do... Poor flowers...
The Futureheads are replaced by This Ain't Vegas, also from Sunderland, also dead dead good.Other bands remain the same. It's also release party night for Purr's new record release by British Sea Power, of whom great things are being said .. giveaways, etc.
Sat.31 May: JACK DELVIN
Event cancelled due to communications error. Our fault, we expect...
the time for DON QUIXOTE in the programme is wrong. It's right here, of course... It's 6.45pm.
more to come
it wouldn't be Fringe otherwise!
postponed circus reactivated
Cirque Idyllic's Cabaret at the End of the World
has been re-scheduled for
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7th-8th June
at the Cycles Maximus workshop
next to Kensington Meadows
admission free but donations WELCOMED
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