Japan Society Sponsors AFF2017! Event

Ashford Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce the Japan Society will be sponsoring an afternoon of Japanese Children’s Music and art.

AFF2017! is hosting an afternoon of Origami and Japanese Children’s music, sponsored by The Japan Society. This will be massive fun as you create your own piece of artwork designed to play along with the music as the band plays!


Early Bird Ticket information coming in January 2017.  All guests will be given special Japanese rice paper and  an accomplished artist will lead us through the process.  There will be musical games while the band plays and suddenly stops! This will be fun and informative.

Meanwhile… The High Street Music Festival is returning with the Folly Stage on the Lower High Street.

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ChoirFest is making its debut in 2017, with over a dozen choirs and other music groups taking the stage, there will even be an original work performed by a prominent line-up of operatic singers. AFF2017! will truly have something for everyone. Be sure to look out for the Ashford Fringe Festival Magazine for listings of free and ticketed events.


AFF2016! at Ashford Arts Centre

‘It looks an interesting and imaginative programme of activities, which will I am sure be enjoyed by all attendees. ‘  – Heidi Potter, CEO (Japan Society)

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Origami and Music, will immerse AFF2017!guests in hands-on origami artmaking which can then be used as the band plays! You won’t want to miss this event, it’s definitely family-friendly and a ton of fun!

Roan Kearsey-Lawson To Speak Tonight

Ashford Arts Centre is proud to announce that successful Kent musician Roan Kearsey-Lawson will be speaking about his experience in earning a living through live gigs and royalties paid by PRS and PPL.

As Seen on BBC1TV he is a “Master vibesman…We Mean Supreme Vibrations”(Octave8 Club, London)

Andy Ellis, Sr Education and Outreach Manager, will be in the AAC representing PRS and Leo O’Brien will be here on behalf of PPL.


There will be live music followed by a discussion on each song we hear as to who owns what and how music credits work, how musicians are actually paid and when. This will be a must-attend event for anyone in a band, gigging and/or recording music.


You can actually be paid for performing your own songs, even for unpaid gigs. If you’re a musician, then you need to understand this stuff. Doors open at 7:00 and the event is free.

Ashford Arts Centre, 5 – 7 Park Street, Ashford TN24 8LR.


Fringe Week Begins!

There were a few technical glitches, but after a slightly spluttery start, the Fringe began to find its stride.DSC02016

We had a fantastic team of Leonie and Stu,  face-painting, magic balloon artists working the stream of passers-by.  Our own Ritchie was DJ on the band stand playing his old school favourites.  There was a rush to get faces painted and balloons made in the late afternoon and we decided to have these wonderful people come back and start about 1:30 in the afternoon on the 4th and 5th of June.

The sun shone down on us all day. There was a general air of happiness and contentment. We were small but mighty and Ashford Arts Centre now has two more members joining our language and music clubs. This is about making a non-profit and self-funded arts project just a bit steadier on its financial legs and we’re doing it!

Thank you for supporting our effort to safeguard and nurture the Creative and Performing Arts in Ashford town centre.

On Sunday the 29th, we’re having Sunday Sessions. There will be some truly outstanding performances and its free. Be sure to come round and catch the show if you can.


PPL Sends A Messenger To Kent Musicians

Ashford Fringe Festival presents a special evening for working musicians. hosted by Ashford Arts Centre. Leo O’Brien is from PPL, the collective management organisation who collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and record companies for the use of their recorded music in broadcast and public performance.


Leo has been with PPL for almost 4 years and is one of the Performer Development Specialists that make up the Development team. Being part of PPL’s Performer Development team, Leo works with emerging artists/bands/labels to ensure they are registered and their rights are being managed correctly thus maximising their neighbouring rights income.

The event is to be held on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 7:00pm.

Acoustic Journeyman Nathan J Walker to play AFF

Ashford Fringe Festival is thrilled to announce Acoustic Journeyman Nathan J Walker will play the Folly Stage on Saturday the 4th of June.

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Nathan will also play some acoustic magic during one of the Acoustic Coffee Sessions at Stag Coffee during AFF week. Be sure to visit the bandstand to see who’s playing where and when everyday from Saturday the 28th of May to Sunday the 5th of June.

Copies of his new CD are available at his shows and you will definitely want a copy!

Spyplane to play Ashford Fringe Festival

Spyplane, a kent based roots-music band with strong folksy-bluesy-jazz influences, will play Ashford Fringe Festival’s Sunday Session on the 29th of May. The concert is free and will take place at Ashford Arts Centre.  This is a link to their music.


Refreshments will be available for a small donation towards supporting Ashford Arts Centre.

Stu Pendous the Magician and Balloon Artist in Ashford on 05/28/16