Arts Fresco comes to Harborough this weekend

Fun at last year's Art Fresco event
Fun at last year's Art Fresco event

Arts Fresco goes mad in Market Harborough this Sunday, with more than 50 professional street performers working in a traffic-free town centre.

The wonderfully eccentric fun starts at 11am on September 6, with performances and happenings in 10 areas around the town.

The event, which attracts 10,000 people to the town, is “hugely entertaining for all the family” said the deputy leader of Harborough District Council, Phil King.

An information centre on The Square will provide a guide to what’s happening where.

The town centre will be closed to traffic from 9.30am until about 5pm.

The 10 performance areas range from Bowden Lane, near the Congregational Church, to the children’s area in the Memorial Gardens, and from Coventry Road to Adam and Eve Street.

Old favourites like bowler-hatted Edmond Tahl are joined by newcomers including mad violinist Sid Bowfin.

Major sponsors include Harborough District Council, Market Harborough and The Bowdens charity, Joules’ Eating House and Market Harborough Building Society.

Cllr Phil King, deputy leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Arts Fresco is one of the most exciting events in cultural calendar and we are very proud to be supporting it again this year.

“As well as being hugely entertaining for all the family, the event brings a large number of people to the area, who perhaps haven’t been here before.”

A spokesman for Market Harborough and The Bowdens charity said: “We are pleased to support the Arts Fresco event this year.

“The Charity has chosen in particular to help support the children’s activities on the day.”