Fringe ben­e­fits

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Hop to it – the hops fes­ti­val also has a three-day fringe. Hopfest­fringe will fea­ture acts per­form­ing at lo­ca­tions around the town cen­tre through­out the week­end.

A to­tal of 30 acts from drama and magic to stand-up com­edy, sto­ry­telling, dance, and po­etry, will be laid on by or­gan­is­ers Ribs Nor­man and Jude Sach for the sec­ond year.

Six acts are com­ing straight from the Ed­in­burgh Fringe, such as stand-up co­me­dian Harun Musho’d, hyp­no­tist Ben Dali, and ma­gi­cian Craig Stephen­son, while there will also be home­grown tal­ent such as Whit­stable’s Chris Guy, bring his new mu­si­cal, LOSER! and Can­ter­bury-based El­liot D Huxtable with his play, The Value of a Rea­soned Ar­gu­ment.

Ribs said: “Last year was a pretty whirl­wind affair, so it has been good to have more time to plan this year’s fes­ti­val. You know when a fes­ti­val has truly ‘ar­rived’ – when it gets its own fringe.”

There will be three venues – the Ar­den The­atre, the Fleur de Lis hall, and Shep­herd Neame’s Old Brew­ery Store.

The fringe runs from 7.30pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2 to 6pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 3. For de­tails and tick­ets go to hopfest­fringe. co.uk

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