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Arts Fresco annual festival to bring the best UK and European street theatre to Market Harborough 

Free festival returns to the streets of the town on Sunday 10 September 2023


The popular Arts Fresco festival will return to Market Harborough in September, bringing some of the best street theatre performers in the UK and Europe to the town. 


The annual one-day event is one of the largest, free street theatre festivals in the UK and will take place on the streets of the town on Sunday 10 September 2023. The festival first ran in 2002 and this year, will host a number of performances from some of the leading festival and street theatre companies, including:


  • Feasible Ferret Theatre’s ‘The Dustbusters’ - two silver topped and silver tongued domestic goddesses from the golden days

  • Norvil and Josephine performing breath-taking balancing on the broom illusion, a twinkling tap dance, comical contortions and a sassy escape from the sack of secrets

  • Theatre Illuminaire’s ‘Living Lamp posts’ - standing at over 12 feet tall, they will be shining a new light on Arts Fresco 

  • Dizzy O’Dare’s ‘Phileas Fogg: Day 79’ - join Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in just 80 days, just hours away from crossing the finish line

  • Garaghty and Thom’s Street Comedy - controlled chaotic cabaret, from highly skilled circus trickery, improvisation to comedy routines. Garaghty and Thom won the first-ever Arts Fresco Audience Award in 2018 and this is their first time back since then

  • Enter Edem’s Ugly Bugs are taking over the Children’s Village with giant games, bouncy bug races, a Flea Circus and amazing shows

  • Stuff and Things will be bringing two installations – ‘The Philosophy Shed’, a place to hear wise words, listen to the stories of great thinkers and ponder the bigger picture in a smaller space, and ‘Drains’, squeezing the very best, very oddest and most very arresting objects, creatures and situations known to man, underground

  • Ugly Bucket’s Holiblobs have landed at a new holiday destination, Earth and these extra terrestrial tourists will be exploring our planet

  • Angie Mack’s ‘Hula Hooper’ interactive comedy show is everything you ever wanted and never needed to know about hula hooping, from mini hoop madness to the multi hooping, confetti exploding, human tower of uncertainty!


Neil Kitson, Chair of the organising committee of Arts Fresco commented: “After last year’s 20th birthday celebrations, we’re bringing a few favourite performers back as well as some fantastic new acts that we’ll sure will amaze and entertain people around the town, all day.”


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

The sponsors of Arts Fresco include: Market Harborough Bowdens Charity, The Howard Watson Symington Memorial Charity, Neil Kitson and Duncan Murray Wines.

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For further media information, please contact:

Simon Gribbon
On behalf of Arts Fresco
T: 07990 583371

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