Acts confirmed for next month’s Arts Fresco event

Edmond Tahl during his Stuff and Things show at last year's Arts Fresco event in Market Harborough. (Mail picture: Andrew Carpenter)
Edmond Tahl during his Stuff and Things show at last year's Arts Fresco event in Market Harborough. (Mail picture: Andrew Carpenter)

A street arts event which is one of the biggest of its kind in the country and attracts an estimated crowd of 10,000 people to Market Harborough is just a few weeks’ away .

Arts Fresco returned to the streets of Harborough last year for the first time since 2010 and a new committee formed in 2013 to revive the event is now getting ready for its second festival.

It is taking place on Sunday, September 6, from 11am until 4pm, and is completely free for spectators.

The town centre becomes pedestrianised for the duration of the volunteer-run day.

Arts Fresco will this year feature more than 50 professional street performers.

Some of the acts confirmed for this year include French theatrical brass band Les Grooms, who will be returning to Harborough for the first time in several years, and regular Arts Fresco favourites mime comedian Edmond Tahl and Circus Box.

New acts will include Roo’d, wacky violinist Sid Bowfin and Balloonatic.

There will be four main performance areas in the town as well as several roving acts. See next Mail’s week for a detailed breakdown.

And there will also be a Children’s Village in the Memorial Gardens, sponsored by Market Harborough Building Society, offering drop-in circus workshops, juggling, tightrope and stilt walking.

Other backers include The Angel Hotel of High Street, the town’s Waitrose store, Market Harborough Rotary Club, Joules Eating House and Gildings auction house.

For more details visit the website www.artsfresco.com or follow the event’s Twitter account @artsfresco.