Jonny Hannah talks about the upcoming Burns Night Cabaret and reflects on the Fringe Festival as a whole.
Welcome to Southampton’s first Fringe Festival! Celebrating the arrival of British Art Show 8, this ambitious associate programme takes you on a journey around the nooks and crannies of Southampton to explore the unusual, to see the inspirational, and to visit a hub of dynamic exhibitions, events and performances produced by our very own creative community. With over 260 artists, 33 venues and lasting for 14 weeks, Southampton Fringe reflects the stories and the people of Southampton, showcasing the talents of artists living and working in the city and making visible the buoyant cultural scene happening on our doorstep. Most events are free; there are workshops to take part in, open studios and exhibitions to visit, city vaults to discover, plus a sneak preview of what is to come at God’s House Tower as ‘a space arts’ takes over the building to set up a new arts space in the heart of the city. Step off the main stage and get to see exhibitions in phone boxes, installations in cars and even a performance in the back of a removal van; advertising billboards used as a temporary gallery space, sparky cabaret nights and radical feminist live art. There is plenty to experience and enjoy, in this adventurous first Southampton Fringe Festival.