Last year we went online and despite very short notice hosted about 35 events. There were more than 200 Chelsea Fringe events in 2019.
Event registration is now open and there is a flat rate registration fee of £10 right up to the last day of the Festival: 15th to 23rd May 2021
An estimated 200,000 people attended Fringe events in 2019.
“Achieved 41% awareness of the Chelsea Fringe among Londoners in one year alone.” Source: Fly Research, June 2012
Online projects last year ranged from virtual community-garden events and walks, avant-garde art installations to Zoom workshops and even a virtual wine-tasting.
The Fringe, a community interest company (CIC), is almost entirely volunteer-run.
In 2019 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 on payment of a registration fee.
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. ‘Satellite’ Fringes have taken place in the UK in Aberdeen, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge and Kent; and further afield in Bergamo, Brescia, Etna, Florence, Milan; Ljubljana; Fukuoka & Nagoya and Melbourne. In 2019 we added Argentina and Canada to the list.
The Chelsea Fringe operates with the blessing of the Royal Horticultural Society, organisers of Chelsea Flower Show.
The Fringe does not last for just nine days. 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 2021 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: email@example.com
Press enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For our FAQ with Tim Richardson please visit FAQ