The Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival and established highlight of the global horticultural calendar – has announced dates for 2019, its eighth year, and registration for projects is now open.

The 2019 Fringe will run for nine days from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 May, with hundreds of events expected to take place across London, the UK, and worldwide as the world’s fastest-growing Fringe festival continues to expand.

Festival director Tim Richardson said:

“People sometimes ask us what the theme is going to be this year. The answer is, there isn’t one!

“We want participants to feel entirely at liberty to think up garden – and plant-focused events of all kinds. That’s why we have no selection committee, no judging and no medals.

“We embrace fantastic grass-roots activity and also slightly off-the-wall blue-sky thinking.”

The 2018 Fringe was another huge success, with more than 220 events taking place across London and worldwide.

Since its inception in 2011, the independent, unfunded and volunteer-run Fringe has now seen more than 1,600 events created for the festival.

Gardening and plants remain at the heart of the Fringe, but the organisers encourage participants to devise events involving food, arts and crafts, health and science, poetry and film.

Contributors and venues to date have included community garden groups, artists, poets, chefs, galleries, schools, a cemetery park and major institutions such as the Geffrye Museum, Kew, the Inner Temple, the Natural History Museum and Covent Garden Flower Market, among many others.

The festival now reaches well beyond Chelsea – not just to every quarter of London, but also to the far corners of the UK and around the world.

Events have taken place on the Isle of Mull, in Monmouth, Margate, Leeds, Bristol and Henley-on-Thames, and the Fringe’s global appeal has been underlined by participants signing up in Sweden, Poland, Italy, Australia and Japan.

The Chelsea Fringe is now inviting individuals and organisations, first-timers and Fringe veterans, to contact us at outlining what they propose to do as part of the 2019 festival programme.

Formal registration continues until the end of the Fringe, but potential event organisers are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible in order to make the most of the promotional potential that taking part brings.

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