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Thread #69569 Message #1182090
Posted By: The Shambles
10-May-04 - 04:07 AM
Thread Name: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
Subject: RE: 50th and last Sidmouth festival?
As has been pointed out the festival existed in many forms before the current organisers - so it was and is there without them. I don't really think that many are arguing that organising the event in general was a bad thing, nor that the current organisers are bad people. But the current organisers do not appear to be able to run it now or are not now willing to and appear to be holding a gun to our heads.
I will not argue the point any further - I think for what is on offer it is very good value for money and the fringe events really add to the atmosphere but I also agree entirely, a fringe does not work if there is no hair present!
Perhaps we can get this right? The fringe in question is not the word that relates in any way to hair.
The word in this context comes more from the fringe around the edge of a curtain or carpet and has come to mean the events that happen or are organised to happen around a core festival.
In the case of Edinburgh, the so-called fringe is now what many think is the core festival. The main core festival events there may have originally created this fringe (largely by charging high prices) but are now, I would suggest the background and would not be missed if they stopped.
I am not sure that 'getting away with' being able to drink alcohol in the streets during this week is a good thing nor if this has much to do with the current festval organsers. It is more due to a logistical problem of having enough people to enforce it or the resulting chaos and disorder, if preventing it were tried.