Press Release - Arts Fresco Festival Back in 2020

Virtual Arts Fresco to be held online on 13 September 2020


The popular Arts Fresco street theatre festival in Leicestershire will return this September in online form. The annual one-day event is one of the largest, free street theatre festivals in the UK and is traditionally held each September around the streets of Market Harborough. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s festival will be pre-recorded and broadcast via YouTube on Sunday 13 September 2020.


A selection of performances from Social distanced Edmund and Hillary, The Covid Police, Team BGees and HMS Punnafore will be filmed prior to the event in a Covid-secure manner around the town. These acts will be included in a virtual event, to be hosted by one of Britain’s leading festival and street theatre companies, Markmark, that will be broadcast online on the Arts Fresco YouTube channel from 11.30am on Sunday 13 September 2020.


Neil Kitson, Chair of the organising committee of Arts Fresco commented: “Arts Fresco is a truly inspiring event that traditionally brings around 10,000 people to the streets of Market Harborough to enjoy some of the best street theatre acts from across the UK and Europe.


“Given the current Covid-19 restrictions and in the interests of community safety, we’re bringing the event online this year to give people a flavour of what to look forward to when it’s safe enough for the festival to return to the streets of the town in 2021,” he added.


Arts Fresco is organised by a dedicated team of local business professionals who are passionate about arts and about Market Harborough.


The sponsors of this year's Arts Fresco include: Harborough Twenty12 Lions Club, Rotary Club of Market Harborough, Neil Kitson and Duncan Murray Wines.


For further information about Arts Fresco, visit or follow on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For more information on Markmark Productions, visit