Often described as a 'mini Fringe festival', Market Harborough's Arts Fresco is a free street theatre festival, that for one day every September, transforms the town centre into the biggest street arts festival in the Midlands.
Every year thousands of people flock to Market Harborough to wander the streets, mingling with roaming dinosaurs, mad chefs and wheelie bins that drive themselves. Performers from all over Europe take part, from big names in the world of street theatre to unknown artists looking to build their careers, with many of them coming back again and again.
Arts Fresco was originally set up in 2002 by George Kitson and fellow Harborough Theatre members with the help of the esteemed festival director and cultural strategist Caterina Loriggio, http://catloriggio.com/, who was instrumental in establishing the festival as one of the biggest cultural event in the East Midlands.


Since 2014, Arts Fresco has been run by a committee of volunteers, who all live in the town and donate their time, skills and energy to keep Arts Fresco going and continue its roaring success. Arts Fresco is a not-for-profit organisation, and every penny raised goes into making the next festival bigger and better than the last.
Arts Fresco has some amazing local sponsors and supporters, however as with everything, there are never enough funds in the kitty. If you would like to help out, please take a look at the Support Us page.
If you have any questions about Arts Fresco, supporting our work or coming to the festival whether you’re an artist or a visitor, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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