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Highlights of Carlisle Fringe announced

Launching Carlisle Fringe a three-day programme of street theatre and outdoor performance taking place as part of the Carlisle Pageant celebrations
Launching Carlisle Fringe a three-day programme of street theatre and outdoor performance taking place as part of the Carlisle Pageant celebrations

[H]ighlights of Carlisle Fringe Festival’s first three-day programme to include street artists from throughout the UK, presented alongside local artists from the Cumbria area.

The inaugural programme will present free street theatre shows in the city centre between Sunday 21 and Tuesday 23 August between 11am and 5pm each day. The performances will be held outside the Old Town Hall in the city’s pedestrianised shopping area.

Bjorn: The Polar Bear, presented by Los Kaos will be the among the headline street acts, which will see a giant life sized polar bear with his travelling companion. The show is suitable for children and families and is a life sized animatronic which will be presented on Monday 22nd August.

Bjorn has even won the admiration of several celebrity followers, including pop sensation Kylie Minogue who said recently that she ‘was in love with the polar bear’.

Caliban’s Dream, is described as a high-speed family theatrical experience, presented by a travelling troupe and featuring a 6ft high dragon, and promises to steal the show with it’s fire breathing routine, which runs on Sunday 21st August.

Cumbrian artists have responded well to the call for street entertainment with more than 30 different artists being presented over thethree days from the local area, including local ukulele group, The D’Ukes from Castle Currock who will play two different shows.

Carlisle Fringe adds to the already jam packed programme of events organised by Carlisle City Council as part of the Carlisle Pageant which runs between Saturday 20th and Monday 29th August. To find out more, visit

Highlights of the Carlisle Fringe are:

Caliban’s Dream on Sunday 21 August

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. A Magical telling of young Caliban who finds himself on an island until the arrival of a giant dragon with a princess on top. A magical interactive family story.

Flowerpot Theatre on Sunday 21 and Tuesday 23 August

Two little flowers inside two very large garden pots invite little ones to join them on the story tell grass, as they use natures natural chorus to conjure up tales from the bottom of the garden, complete with interactive songs and dancing.

Dancing Queen on Sunday 21 and Tuesday 23 August

An Abba Fan wishes that the world stops when the Swedish band announce that they are to break up in 1982, and her wish comes true, as she finds herself stuck inside a snow globe which is filled with Abba tracks.

Bjorn: The Polar Bear on Monday 22 August

Bjorn’s story began many years ago in the Arctic North of Canada. Abandoned as a cub he was discovered and befriended by an Arctic conservationist. Now Bjorn and his companion travel the world making friends, sharing their story and telling people about the fascinating and vulnerable world of the Arctic. Bjorn is used to people, so if you’re lucky enough to meet him then you’re welcome to give him a pat.

Chamber Maids on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August

Four cockney chambermaids are outraged at the state of the city, and are going to be quite forceful about getting the city spic and span, in time for the guests who are about to check in.

El Grand National on Tuesday 23 August

All the bets are on as these four European champion show jumpers compete for the acclaimed title. Audiences will be able to place fake bets on the winning horses, but we all know the rules about working with children and animals. No actual betting allowed, just for fun.

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