Chelsea Fringe 2019 returns for eighth year

The Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the global horticultural calendar – has announced dates for 2019, its eighth year.

The Fringe will run from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th May 2019 and registration for projects is now open.

This year will once again see hundreds of events expected to take place across London, the UK, and worldwide as the world’s fastest-growing Fringe festival continues to expand.

Festival director, Tim Richardson, says it’s fantastic to be kicking off the preparations for the 2019 Chelsea Fringe, commenting: “People sometimes ask us what the theme is going to be this year. The answer is, there isn’t one! We want participants to feel entirely at liberty to think up garden- and plant-focused events of all kinds. That’s why we have no selection committee, no judging and no medals. We embrace fantastic grass-roots activity and also slightly off-the-wall blue-sky thinking.”

In 2018 the Fringe saw more than 220 events taking place across London and worldwide. Since its inception in 2011, the independent, unfunded and volunteer-run Fringe has seen more than 1,600 events created for the festival. Gardening and plants remain at the heart of the Fringe but the organisers encourage participants to devise events involving food, art and crafts, health and science, poetry and film.

The Festival now reaches beyond Chelsea and has seen events taking place on the Isle of Mull, in Monmouth, Margate, Leeds and Bristol as well as Sweden, Poland, Italy, Australia and Japan!

The Chelsea Fringe is now inviting individuals and organisations, first-timers and Fringe veterans, to contact them at outlining what they propose to do as part of the 2019 festival programme.

Formal registration continues until the end of the Fringe, but potential event organisers are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible in order to make the most of the promotional potential that taking part brings.

All images ©Chelsea Fringe – banner: Poppies at the Horniman, credit Yolanda Chiarmello: middle: Edible bus stop.