Remember last year’s Wanstead Fringe? Hundreds – if not thousands – of people attended events which included the Secret Garden, comedy, the Jumble Trail, the Wanstead Kinema, talks and demonstrations and more.
Planning is now under way for Wanstead Fringe 2019 – which will take place between 7 and 14 September. We would find it very useful for anyone who attended any events to take this short survey – just eight questions.
The past week has been the most amazing Wanstead Fringe yet, with nearly every event sold out. We had nearly 800 people at the theatre, more than a hundred at the opera, three sold-out comedy nights, one sold out comedy afternoon for kids, 120 Jumble Trail stalls, 300 people at the Kinema (above), talks, demos, live music (below) and more and more and more…
The point of the Wanstead Fringe, which is run by volunteers, is to support and encourage cultural activities in Wanstead. On behalf of the Fringe Association, Wansteadium hopes people will agree that has certainly been the case this year.
And because it’s impossible to mention every event, or thank every person who was involved, here is a selection of visual memories of the week.
Loved our @WansteadFringe evening @LaBakerie last night with Fabian and Frank. Learned a lot about making fruit and almond tarts, but also about their community-minded approach. Eat there, drink there, buy there. You won’t be disappointed. pic.twitter.com/w9XDkwfr3y
It’s been an amazing Fringe week with an awesome range of cultural events – nearly every event has been sold out – and today is the day it reaches its climax. Events today include:
There are more than 130 stalls for the Jumble Trail (compared to last year’s 47, which was itself a record). It runs from noon until 4pm. Printed maps of the trail are available to be picked up from More Italy, the Oxfam Bookshop, and La Bakerie – and you can see a mobile-friendly Google Map version of the trail including some stall details by going to wansteadfringejumbletrail.org
A workshop for writers wanting to learn the dark arts of fictional crime, hosted by author Isabelle Grey at Wanstead Library
Geoff Wilkinson is leading another photo walk (sorry – sold out)
A recital entitled Sea Pictures by international performers mezzo-soprano Ulrike Wutscher and pianist Marzia Hudajorova, which will include music by Schubert, Lehmann, Robert and Clara Schumann and which will be followed by a cream tea. This will take place in Christ Church from 2pm, and tickets are available on the door, priced £15 for adults and £12 for concessions.
Events taking place on Christ Church Green, including a barbecue run by the Duke
Wanstead’s first ever Comedy for Children with Britain’s Got Talent star Johnny Awsum (a few tickets left at the time of writing)
The mighty mighty Kinema – for many people the highlight of the Fringe – returns with Paddington 2 (sorry – completely sold out)
The traditional acoustic night featuring local talent, at the Manor House from 7.45pm (details here). We haven’t made a huge deal of this yet but the line-up is fantastic, including The Boxer Rebellion, Gordon Taggert, Ali MacQueen and Mick Terry, whose new album is out, including this single:
And then to round things off, a Pop-Up Party Disco night at the Cuckfield, and DJ Mollywood at Luppolo.
After all that, it’s time for a deep breath.
And then on Sunday from 11am there’s the event which was the original inspiration for the fringe, the Wanstead Festival on Christ Church Green.
This is your year to get involved in the Wanstead Fringe.
The event, the sixth, will be taking place between 8 -15 September, and will feature many of the favourite events such as the Jumble Trail, Kinema, comedy, live music and talks. There will also be some never-seen-before events to make it the biggest and best Fringe yet.
The Fringe is put together by a group of Wanstead residents who have the single goal of encouraging and supporting cultural activities in Wanstead. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, generously sponsored this year by a noble triumvirate of Petty Son and Prestwich, Edwards Duthie solicitors and THP accountants.
But it only happens because people get involved in staging their own events – and now is the time for you to organise one. That talk you’ve always wanted to give, or that workshop, or play, show or gig. Whatever it is, Fringe organisers can help with venues, advice, and certainly with publicity. With something like this, it’s the more the merrier.
Get in touch through the Wanstead Fringe site , follow it on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up to become a patron of the Fringe at the Patreon crowdfunding site. As ever, full details of the Fringe will be published here on Wansteadium.
Wansteadium decompressed last week following the Fringe, which was a great success all round, with many events selling out. The Wanstead Kinema once again was an atmospheric triumph, as the picture above demonstrates, and the whole week was a great demonstration of the potential of Wanstead for cultural revival.
Anyone who would like to be involved in planning next year’s Fringe, please do get in touch with the Wanstead Fringe Association at email@example.com.
Giles Wilson, chair of the association, said: “It takes a village to raise a fringe – so thanks to everyone who was involved either as a venue host, an event organiser, an attendee, a sponsor – Petty Son and Prestwich and Edwards Duthie especially – or as a member of the Friends of the Wanstead Fringe. Thanks also to Wansteadium for its stalwart support.*
“This was the biggest and best Fringe yet, and we’re determined to make 2018 even better. But we need people to join in – and now would be a good time to express interest (not least because we’ll hold you to it).”