Stirling Fringe is set to open tonight at venues across the city of Stirling, running until 26th September. And, with strong pre-event box office sales, organisers are expecting demand for remaining tickets to be high as the festival, now in its third year, gets into full swing with its opening acts which include Simply Soweto Encha, Stanley Odd and All my Sons by Arthur Miller.
Billed as Scotland’s “Other Fringe, the festival opens this weekend with a rousing performance in Cowane’s Hospital from South African vocal group, Simply Soweto Encha, whose a capella fusion of gospel, soul and doo-wop, is already a firm favourite with festival goers and sees the group perform for the second year in a row.
Later in the festival, opera lovers will be treated to a contemporary interpretation of Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) performed by VoiceArc. And, for the comedy lovers, some of Scotland’s finest comedians are set to take to the stage including reigning Scottish Comedian of the Year, Bruce Fummey, as well as appearances from well-kent Scottish names Gary Little, Joe Heenan and Ray Bradshaw.
Music lovers will be in their element with a programme that juxtaposes the towering urban impact of Scottish hip hop band Stanley Odd with the more lyrical sounds of modern string quartet Routes and families can also get in on the act with a variety of events aimed at arts lovers of all ages including a Family Fun Day on Saturday 19th September.
Festival Director, Barry McDonald, commented:
“We’re delighted with advanced ticket sales are are looking forward to a fun-packed celebration of the arts with this year’s Stirling Fringe. Tickets have been selling twice as fast this year, so we’re urging festival fans to book now to ensure they can get tickets to the shows they really want to see.
“Stirling Fringe is now a respected feature of the Scottish cultural calendar and our strong performance at the box office this year is testimony to that. We are attracting people from far and wide to Stirling, demonstrate the rich cultural offering that the city has to offer. We are also giving the people who live in Stirling a festival they can truly boast about.
Following hot on the heels of Edinburgh’s festival offering, Stirling claims it punches well above its weight, culturally speaking. And, with such a varied mix of popular, experimental and engaging acts lined up for this year’s Striling Fringe, people don’t actually need to travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow to see first class music, comedy, or theatre. It’s right here on their doorstep.
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:
“Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events continues to grow each year, benefitting greatly from the incredible variety on offer and unique atmosphere of our festivals, like the Stirling Fringe. I am delighted to see this event generating greater interest than ever as it enters its third year and know all of those attending will be treated to an outstanding mix of performances which offer something for every taste.”
The beauty of Stirling Fringe is that the programme has something for everyone and all ages. Boasting a packed programme of performing artists with everything from musicians to magicians, dramatic actors to divas.
The Stirling Fringe Festival is supported by EventScotland, part of the events directorate at VisitScotland, through the National Programme.
For further information on the full line up, and to book tickets, visit www.stirlingfringe.com.