Welcome to this year’s Fringe Feb – Covid style!
There’s no doubt that this last year has been a tough one. Community arts events that include and engage people are needed now more than ever.
This is only our second year of delivering Fringe Feb and we’ve had to think creatively to make it happen again.
We are excited to be bringing an array of virtual, online arts and community projects to Chippenham including live comedy, drawing sessions, photography workshops, music events, competitions, virtual performances and more.
You will find an overview of all the separate events, workshops and projects that are forming this year’s Fringe Feb below. Next year, we’ll hopefully be back in person again – singing, performing, dancing and celebrating live performance and the power of the arts and community in the streets of Chippenham. We hope you enjoy taking part or joining in with Fringe Feb 21 – please spread the word with friends and family members.
Chippenham ACE Group
Fringe Feb events
Below is a brief overview of the different events that are making up Fringe Feb 2021.
Visit the event calendar on this website to see more detailed information about each individual event and booking/joining instructions. Please note you will need to book a FREE ticket to attend or take part in the majority of the events.
Friday 26th February
Sketchbook Making and Keeping Workshop (5.00-6.00pm) FULLY BOOKED!
Make your own simple sketchbook with local artist Kirsty Jones from Generous Heart Art and fill it up using a variety of drawing techniques together on Zoom.
Beer Mat Poets workshop (7.30-8.45pm) BOOKING NOW!
Join Three Crowns ‘poet-in-residence’ Rob Jones & friends for a fun evening. There will be some poetic entertainment – and you will get a chance to write your own bite-size, pub-themed short poems.
Saturday 27th February
Ukulele Beginner Session (12.00pm – 1.00pm) FULLY BOOKED!
Wendy Carter Bee, a core member of Chippenham Ukuleles and the charity gig band Junction 17, will help you get started on the ukulele with some easy chords, strumming patterns and tips. By the end you will play a song or two!
Photography Live Q&A with The Photo Club (1.00pm) BOOKING NOW!
Do you have any burning questions about photography or the Family FUN Activity pack? Please join us for this live Q&A with professional photographer, Kez aka The Photo Club, who will answer your questions and help inspire you to take more photographs!
Join Chippenham Museum for the online premier performance of a specially commissioned piece of music to accompany their virtual exhibition (including downloadable family friendly activity packs to do whilst listening).
Chippenham Ukuleles Play & Singalong (7.30-8.45pm)FULLY BOOKED!
Join in on your ukulele or just singalong to 11 songs which were old favourites back in the day when we met monthly at the Three Crowns. Ukuleles players of all levels, and those who just want to sing are welcome.
Robin Ince Live! (8.00-10.00pm) FULLY BOOKED!
Join for an evening with the incredible Robin Ince – you may know him from his podcasts with Josie Long, Prof Brian Cox and others or from his many appearances on the BBC. He is delightfully shambolic and funny, you’re in for an absolute treat.
Sunday 28th February
The colour photography workshop for young people aged 7-19 years old. You don’t need a fancy camera for this workshop, anything that has the ability to take a photograph will work great.
The hit improvised play for families has gone online – and you’re in charge! You choose the characters. You choose the costumes. You even design the set! Watch as your wild and wonderful ideas and drawings are brought to life by our troupe of storytellers. An hour of never-before-seen fairy tales, all from the comfort of your own home.
Beer Mat Artists (3.00-4.15pm) BOOKING NOW!
Local artist, graphic designer and teacher Charlie Graham-May will help you find your ‘inner Picasso’ at this fun and introductory workshop. He’ll help participants to create simple, pub-themed illustrations, small enough to fit on the back of a beer mat.
“The Corona Monologues” from Rag and Bone Arts CIC on Malmesbury Community Radio (5.00-6.00pm) NO BOOKING REQUIRED – Listen via Malmesbury Community Radio.
Sit back, grab a cuppa and listen to seven monologues set during lockdown. The pieces dip in to the strange times we are living in and reflect a breadth of different struggles. We hope that one of these characters will resonate with you in some way and you will comforted, or made to laugh by their words.
Friday 5th March
Monoprinting Workshop (5.00-6.00pm) –FULLY BOOKED!
Create your own Monoprints from home! Local artist Kirsty Jones from Generous Heart Art will guide you through this easy process, we will use a few different techniques and this activity is open for all ages. We will paint a still life as well as patterns and portraits.
Saturday 6th March
An actor has lost her troupe and needs help to remember the fairy tales she is supposed to be performing. She may even need some help playing the parts! Join this fun, interactive and creative workshop and help tell some fairy tales, your way!
In space no one can hear you scream, especially if your aren’t wearing a spacesuit and your capsule springs a leak, or is hit by a meteor, or burns up on re-entry, or any of the other terrible mishaps that could really put a dent in your plans for a weekend away on the moon.
Join Paul to explore how rockets get you into space, how spacesuits keep you alive, how you can survive re-entry and along the way avoid some of the other traps, disasters and toileting errors that the cosmos has waiting for you.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY! A rare opportunity to work IN PERSON with Agents Kahlo and Dali of the Company of International Artists. A fine house blend of improvised theatre and interactive workshop, join us as we explore a famous work of art and create ourselves. Incognito, of course. Disguises and code-names are a must.
Adult Beginners Phone Photography Workshop (1:00pm – 3:00pm) BOOKING NOW!
Are you interested in taking professional looking photographs from your smart phone? Join Kez from The Photo Club as she shows you how to get the most from your smart phone camera. Learn tips and tricks to take more creative and meaningful photographs.
“What’s Your Grumble?” A Game Show with Curious Company – 5.00pm – 6.00pm BOOKING NOW!
The live comedy gameshow that celebrates our national pass-time – GRUMBLING! This special online episode is all about CHIPPENHAM and is based on real life data collected from the Chippenham grumble survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F22K6T7). A grumble aired is a grumble shared. Grumblers are the ones who care.
Sunday 7th March
Get creative and make your own photography filters with household goods. During this workshop we will cover how to creative fantastic photographs using DIY filters. You don’t need a fancy camera for this workshop, anything that has the ability to take a photograph will work great.
A fashion show with a difference including a live tutorial for all skill levels giving you the opportunity to sew one of the garments yourself.
You can also take part, download &/or get involved in the additional Fringe Feb activities:
Chippenham’s Chosen Words project with Call of the Page – Creating a record of the spirit of Chippenham at this extraordinary time. Crazy Crochet & Nutty Knitting – A mad competition for yarn lovers! Closing date Sunday 7th March. The winning entries will be shared in a Chippenham shop window after lockdown has lifted. Look out also for the #FringeFebBirdies landing in Chippenham soon to celebrate the launch of Fringe Feb 21.
Family FUN Photography Activity Pack – Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Inside the activity pack you will find photography challenges, photo scavenger hunt, top tips, building a home studio, videos and much more. Pack only available until Sunday 7th March.
Look out after lockdown has lifted for: –
- WINDOW WONDERLAND (a community art project)
- JACK FROST (a dance performance)
- STREET SIGN ANAGRAMS (a street art trail) coming to Chippenham soon…
If you have any questions relating to Fringe Feb 2021 please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.