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Issue:- Saturday, 05 September 2015

Sales Soar for Stirling Fringe

THE organisers of Stirling Fringe, set to take place at venues across the City of Stirling from the 18 September to 26 September 2015, have reported strong advanced box office sales, with tickets selling twice as fast as in previous years.

Over 2500 tickets went on sale for Stirling Fringe in July, now in its 3rd year, and firmly cemented in performing arts circles as Scotland's 'Other' Fringe.

Festival Director, Barry McDonald, commented:- "We're delighted with advanced ticket sales. Tickets are selling twice as fast this year, so we're urging festival fans to book now to ensure they can get tickets to the shows they really want to see. Stirling Fringe is now a respected feature of the Scottish cultural calendar and our strong performance at the box office this year is testimony to that. We are attracting people from far and wide to Stirling, demonstrate the rich cultural offering that the City has to offer. We are also giving the people who live in Stirling a festival they can truly boast about."

With crowds currently flocking through in their thousands to Edinburgh for its festival offering, Stirling claims it punches well above its weight, culturally speaking. And, with such a varied mix of popular, experimental and engaging acts lined up for this year's Striling Fringe, people don't actually need to travel to Edinburgh or Glasgow to see 1st class music, comedy, or theatre. It's right here on their doorstep.

Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said:- "Scotland's reputation as the perfect stage for events continues to grow each year, benefitting greatly from the incredible variety on offer and unique atmosphere of our festivals, like the Stirling Fringe. I am delighted to see this event generating greater interest than ever as it enters its third year and know all of those attending will be treated to an outstanding mix of performances which offer something for every taste."

The festival will open on the weekend of the 18 September 2015, with a rousing performance in Cowane's Hospital from South African vocal group, Simply Soweto Encha, whose a capella fusion of gospel, soul and doo-wop, is already a firm favourite with festival goers and sees the group perform for the 2nd year in a row.

Later in the festival, opera lovers will be treated to a contemporary interpretation of Mozart's Le Nozze de Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) performed by VoiceArc. And, for the comedy lovers, some of Scotland's finest comedians are set to take to the stage including reigning Scottish Comedian of the Year, Bruce Fummey, as well as appearances from well kent Scottish names Gary Little, Joe Heenan and Ray Bradshaw.

Music lovers will be in their element with a programme that juxtaposes the towering urban impact of Scottish hip hop band Stanley Odd with the more lyrical sounds of modern string quartet Routes and families can also get in on the act with a variety of events aimed at arts lovers of all ages including a Family Fun Day on Saturday, 19 September 2015.

The beauty of Stirling Fringe is that the programme has something for everyone and all ages. Boasting a packed programme of performing artists with everything from musicians to magicians, dramatic actors to divas.

The Stirling Fringe Festival is supported by EventScotland, part of the events directorate at VisitScotland, through the National Programme.

For further information on the full line up, and to book tickets, visit:- StirlingFringe.Com.

Lord Mayor marks National Merchant Navy Day

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor will celebrate National Merchant Navy Day this weekend by attending a service at Liverpool Parish Church. On Sunday, 6 September 2015, Councillor Tony Concepcion, will lead the City in recognising the efforts of those at sea during times of conflict. Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion said:- "I am honoured to be representing the city as we remember the sacrifices made by seafarers who fought for our freedom in 2 World Wars and subsequent conflicts Liverpool's historic links with the sea mean that we will never forget the efforts made by these brave and dedicated men and women. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Merchant Navy personnel past and present, and their families and friends." National Merchant Navy Day will begin with a service at Liverpool Parish Church, (Our Lady and St Nicholas), on Sunday, 6 September 2015, at midday and be followed by a short march and wreath laying ceremony at the Pier Head at 1pm. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 seafarers have died in World Wars I and II and in conflict up to the present day.

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