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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.
When Covid hit, we had to leave the roaming dinosaurs, mad chefs and wheelie bins that drive themselves back in their own crazy world, and move to a virtual festival. However for 2023, we're back where we belong - on the streets of Market Harborough.
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, 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 support free street theatre, when it finally returns to our streets, please drop us a line.

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