Press Release - Arts Fresco Festival Back in 2020




One of the UK’s largest free street theatre festivals to take place on Sunday 15 September 2020 throughout the town centre


There’s open air entertainment for all ages when Arts Fresco, one of the largest, free street theatre festivals in the UK, returns to Market Harborough on Sunday 15 September 2020.


This year’s event, taking place in the streets of the town from 11am to 4pm, will feature some intriguing, exciting, fun and interactive performances from professional UK and international street artists.


Artists to appear at Arts Fresco 2020 include:


  • The Bubble Wizard who will take on the town, placing spectators in bubbles and making ingenious bubble hats for passers by

  • Gran Turismo will race up and down the High Street on top of their motorised scooters, encouraging spectators to join in with their spectacular routines.

  • Seven-piece outfit, King Brasstards, will be taking their New Orleans-inspired versions of well-known songs around the town, stopping off along the way to get the crowd dancing


A children’s village, supported by the Market Harborough Building Society, will feature circus workshops, entertainment and more.


For visitors to this year's event, there's a chance to win a great prize in the Arts Fresco photo competition. The prize for the over 18 years of age winner is a ‘Gin Workshop’ experience for two, generously donated by Two Birds distillery in Market Harborough. The under 18 winner will get an amazing family ticket for the National Space Centre in Leicester. To enter the competition, take up to three photographs from the incredible sights at this year’s event and send to Arts Fresco at Full details of the competition and how to submit your photos can be found at  


New for this year is a dedicated Arts Fresco app to help you to find your way around the programme of performances. The app will be available for Apple and Android phones from 6 September 2020, and was developed by Market Harborough-based software and app development company, Infonote Datasystems.


Nina Thomas from the Arts Fresco Organising Committee said: “After a hiatus of one year when we took a break in 2018, we’re back with a bang next month with some amazing street artists that will be putting on out-of-this-world performances throughout the town centre. Come along and see what the fuss is all about!”


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Arts Fresco is entirely funded by local sponsorship and donations. Sponsors of this year’s festival include Harborough District Council, Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity, Market Harborough Round Table, Market Harborough Building Society, The Angel Hotel and Market Harborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce.


The festival is organised by a dedicated team of local people who are passionate about Market Harborough and give their time freely to stage this wonderful event. It is also supported by a number of companies and community organisations including Welland Valley Rotary Club, Market Harborough Round Table, Market Harborough 41 Club, Market Harborough Twenty12 Lions Club, Emkat Solutions, Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons, Sandstar Communications, Duncan Murray Wines, Two Birds and National Space Centre.


Notes to editors:


Arts Fresco Artists 2020 include:


Pirate Pete and Peggy
Meet Polly and Pirate Pete, trapped in a box, destined to play tricks, tell fortunes and bad jokes a plenty for eternity.

Children’s Village 11:30 and 13:30


The Great Fiasco

Today is the very last performance of an act which has been touring the halls, piers, seaside theatres and clubs for far, far too long. As the act falls apart so does their relationship in hilarious fashion.

Top of High Street 15:00


HMS Punafore

This Victorian Masterpiece has been beautifully butchered and blatantly blended. The boat and its crew are trying to perform Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore but it doesn't quite go according to plan.

Around Town 11:30 and 13:15


With an internationally renowned blend of circus, invention and humour, PanGottic brings to life a giant ball slinging, self-exploding piece of handcrafted gadgetry, inspired by the famous Rube Goldberg machines and Heath Robinson contraptions.

The Square 11:00 and 15:15 and Top of the High Street 13:45


The Bubble Wizard
The Bubble Wizard can create the biggest and most dramatic bubble effects including people inside bubbles, giant bubbles, clouds of billions of bubbles and bubbles inside bubbles! He will charm the audience; no matter how old they are.

Top of the High Street 11:15 and Around Town 12:45 and 14:30


The Allotment
The Vegetable Nannies invite you into their Allotment to befriend, feed and comfort the baby fruits and vegetables. Meet Barbara the downhill-racing watermelon, Jessica, the Sweet-Potato beauty queen and many more!

Outside the Church 11:00, 12:45 and 14:30


Gran Turismo
Meet Granny Turismo - the world’s first and only formation shopping trolley dance display team. Mary and Marge will be burning rubber and filling the streets with some banging dance tunes. So make sure you wear your dancing shoes - you're gonna need them.

Top of the High Street 12:00 and 14:30 and The Square 13:15


King Brasstards
Inspired by the sounds of the streets of New Orleans, 7-piece Leicester outfit, King Brasstards cover everything from swing classics through to modern pop hits; they are sure to please whatever the weather.

The Church 11:00 and Around Town 12:15 and 14:15


Anyone for Tennis? Goes Mobile
By popular demand, Britain’s top ‘miniature, outdoor, comedy tennis show’ has just gone mobile. Pulling the court, scoreboard and posh umpire behind him, our highly strung tennis player searches the town centre for worthy opponents.

Around Town 11:15, 12:45 and 14:15


Van Dunk Brothers/Wannabe TV
Dutch dry-land synchronized swimming sensations will delight with their award-winning display, armed only with a trunk full of trunks and veruca cream whilst TV presenter Derek Dangerfield and over eager cameraman Bri Focal are on a mission to catapult willing “wannabes” to instant fame.

Top of the High Street 13:00 and Around Town 11:30 and 14:45


B Boys
These big, bouncing, b-boy breakers and their beat blasting boom box are sure to bring out the funk in everyone. 

Around Town 11:00, 12:15 and 13:45


The Crow House
A derelict house appears in the street. Three very different characters arrive and try to take over the house. A battle of wills ensues in a frenzy of acrobatics, silks trapeze, and slap stick as they begin to accept each other to create a home, together. The only remaining problem ... a furious bird in the chimney.

The Square 12:00 and 14:00


Austerity Party
Feeling low? Current events getting you down? Not to worry, Hope and Joy are here to bring you Austerity Party Time; an up-cycled, fun filled party to lighten any troubled times.

The Church 12:30 and Around Town 13:45


Damsels in Distress
From the dark days of yore come ‘Lady Lust-a-Lot’ and ‘Lady Longing-for-Love’. These ‘bootiful’ Westcountry damsels are on a constant futile crusade to find their knights in shining armour and other little princes and princesses along the way.

Around Town 15:00


Circus Skills Workshop
All day circus school where you can try your hand, or foot, at learning some of the tricks of the trade: unicycling, juggling, diabolo, plate spinning and so much more. Children under 8 to be accompanied at all times.

Children’s Village 11:00-16:00


Music Workshop
A unique music workshop for all ages and abilities that provides the opportunity to get hands on with guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, mics and be part of a live band with the help of our team of professional musicians and tutors! 

Grammar School 11:00, 12:45 and 14:30


Live Music Stage


Somewhere Records is a Market Harborough based not-for-profit community record label that aims to help local musicians develop, record and release original music to the world!  Come and listen to some of our up and coming artists performing live!

The Old Grammar School 11:00-16:00


The Amazing Palfi Red Hot Monkies Orchestra Arts Fresco Auditions
Get READY for the NEW Palfi Show in which Dr Palfi Consultant Laughologist and Ancient Surreal Clown interviews local folks and visitors to the fantastic Arts Fresco festival.

Children’s Village 12:45 and 14:00


Shadrack Me Shadrack Abendigo Boatright the Third Ozark, Mountain Moonshiner collects for the Society For The Prevention of Natural Causes
”It's a Real Killer Folks"

Around Town 11:45 and 15:00


The Boy Who Could Fly
Flux Dance
Here is the tale of a boy; a boy who is different from the rest. But is he brave enough to share with the world how different he is? Well, with the help of his best friend, he just might.

The Church 11:45, 12:45 and 14:45


For further media information, please contact:


Simon Gribbon

On behalf of Arts Fresco

T: 07990 583371



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