Often described as a ‘mini Fringe festival’, Market Harborough’s Arts Fresco is a free street theatre festival, that for one day every September, transforms the town centre into the biggest street arts festival in the Midlands.
Every year thousands of people flock to Market Harborough to wander the streets, mingling with roaming dinosaurs, mad chefs and wheelie bins that drive themselves. Performers from all over Europe take part, from big names in the world of street theatre to unknown artists looking to build their careers, with many of them coming back again and again.
Originally set up in 2002 by George Kitson and fellow Harborough Theatre members, Arts Fresco is now run by a committee of volunteers, who all live in the town and care deeply about making Arts Fresco a success. Arts Fresco is a not-for-profit organisation, supported through the generosity of local businesses and other sponsors. Every penny raised goes into making the next festival bigger and better than the last.