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Who We Are & What We Do

The Southside Fringe Festival is a 16 day annual festival held in May in venues, businesses and locations across the Southside of Glasgow. Each year we have between 30 - 50 local venues hosting between 100 - 200 art, drama, cabaret, comedy, music, literature, spoken word, health and lifestyle and food and drink events. To date we've been a self funded community led and volunteer run festival. We had the first festival in 2013, 2019 will be our seventh annual festival. August to October we try to get all our venues signed up and over the winter we put out the call for event organisers to fill those venues with experimental goodness and top quality entertainment in May. Thanks to Stewart McDonald MP we've been commended in Westminster twice now for the impact we've made in Glasgow and we won the Scottish Hospitality Award for Best Scottish Festival 2017 and received a Highly Commended in the same category in 2018. 

How did it all start.....

Back in 2009 co-founder Corinna Currie, together with actors Vince Docherty, Karen Fraser and comedian Bruce Morton formed Further South. A few events were organised via local night club La Roche Rumba and the satirical campaign Greater Shawlands Republic. There was an existing festival on the Southside, the Southside Festival. We'd all been involved in various ways and the existing fest was doing the job of catering to kids and families but the needs of the creative community on the Southside weren't being met and opportunities to boost local businesses and artists weren't being maximised. The more folk we chatted to, the more we realised there were many voices saying and wanting the same thing. In 2011 Further South began to morph in to the Southside Fringe and in 2012 local music promoter, Crawford Smith came on board for the first four festivals and together they all gave the festival the push it needed to get it off the ground in 2013. 

 

How things have changed over the years.....

Having run the festival as a voluntary organisation, this year we’ve become a Community Interest Company. We also now have 3 directors, Corinna, David & Gary all of whom have been involved with the Fringe since day one. We work with an advisory group with folks whose experience or backgrounds range from local businesses, venues, local radio, local schools, performers, community groups and community councils. These wonderful individuals help us to develop our programme each year. We’re proud to say to date the programme coordination, production and promotion have been entirely self funded, the fees we take for event and venue registrations has pretty much covered that aspect of the festival. The festival has grown and for everyone’s sanity we can no longer run it with volunteers alone. Thanks to a bridging loan, we’ve been able to take on Meg Curran as Marketing & Development Manager to help Corinna steer the good ship Southside Fringe. Meg has volunteered with us since 2014 and we're delighted she's with us as our first full time employee.

What's ahead....

So many things have grown organically out of our annual festival, it's been beautiful and we are now recognising and addressing needs for year round activity under the banner of Southside Fringe. In 2019 we're aiming for bigger events and a bigger presence on the Southside during the festival period. We have secured a year round base in Shawlands Shopping Centre and plans are afoot for developing that as a buzzing community and creative base called 'On The Fringe'. We've been out and about chatting to businesses and venue owners and we're developing promotional tools like a monthly what's on 'Scene On The Southside', advertorials and helpful ways to maximise the promotion of the local area. We're working with Glad Cafe, Southside Film and the Worker's Theatre as part of the Langside Hall Cooperative Ltd to help the Langside Halls Trust in their asset transfer for the building and advise on programming. We are also consulting on collaborations with Baldy Bane Theatre and the Shawlands Business Improvement District. We hear there might also be some unique and funky Southside Merch winging it's way to our new HQ in time for Crimbo. Busy times!

Southside Fringe Management Team