Bradford on Avon Fringe cut for this year

Jim Lynch

Jim Lynch

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Bradford on Avon will be without its annual Fringe Festival this year, after organisers decided to take ime out to redesign the popular event.

The festival of quirky, affordable events in and around the town, which showcases local talent, has been running for four years and will return in 2015.

Think BoA has organised the festival of music, art, dance, drama, literature, film and comedy since 2010. Its core members, Kurt Paulus, Michael Collins and Jim Lynch, originally worked together to run the Woolley Street Festival when Mr Lynch and his wife Julie ran The George in Woolley Street.

Mr Lynch said: “We were doing really well and had four really good years. We were struggling this year because our core group had moved on. It happens.

“We could have struggled on and done it this year but we would have run out of steam so we thought we would pull back. We will redesign it based on people’s feedback and begin to get a sense of what the 2015 festival can offer. We are not shutting up shop.”

Last year saw 45 events taking place across Bradford as part of the Fringe Festival and Mr Paulus reported that numbers were up on the previous year, due to the addition of a new Facebook page.

Mr Lynch added: “The cultural scene in and around the town has changed quite a lot.

“The wonderful Bradford Roots provides an amazing showcase for local musicians. Likewise, the Woolley Festival continues to change and grow.

“We would really like to do more youth stuff and want to hear what they want. It would also be good to have films and other art forms.

“We are open to new, exciting, innovative possibilities and we will respond to any suggestions.”

To put forward ideas or to be involved in the 2015 festival email Mr Lynch at jmlnch4@gmail.com

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