Guildford Fringe Festival celebrates 10th birthday…

June 7, 2023| News + Events, Past Issues

…with free events in town centre.

Vintage sounds with close harmony trio, Bluebirds performing to the High Street (8th July).

A jam-packed programme of arts events is taking place in venues in and around Guildford from 24 June to 15 July 2023 as Guildford Fringe Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary.

Founder Nick Wyschna wanted to bring a multi-arts experience to the town which gave people the opportunity to try out different events, so he launched Guildford Fringe Festival in 2013 with just one venue and 33 shows.

It has grown ever since and last year professional and amateur performers put on 137 events in nine venues, entertaining thousands of people, many who come back year after year.

The Festival is multi-genre and features theatre, comedy, art, spoken word, film, workshops and children’s shows, some of which are free of charge.

On 24 June, the Guildhall balcony becomes the stage for ‘Opera on the Balcony’ with arias and duets from well-loved composers including Puccini and Mozart and on 8 July, the sound turns vintage with close harmony trio, Bluebirds performing to the High Street.

People can do their own singing on 1 July with a guided stroll around the town centre during ‘Sing When You’re Walking’. Song leaders will be on hand and there will be a few surprises on the way!

Managing Director, Charlotte Wyschna said: ‘It’s felt especially important to us this year to have events which are free to attend so do come along and enjoy some top-quality entertainment in the town centre. There are so many other acts as well – we expect a lot of fun, laughter and drama over the three weeks so this is an opportunity to take a risk and experience something you wouldn’t usually see.’

Tickets and information on all the events can be found at