Trinity Theatre Launches New Artist-Led Fringe Festival For Tunbridge Wells

Trinity Theatre is delighted to announce the launch of ArtsBox Festival 2019, a brand new Tunbridge Wells fringe arts festival, running from Saturday 10thAugust – Saturday 17thAugust. Founded by Jocelyn Cheek, in association with Trinity Theatre, ArtsBox Festival will celebrate local talent, putting emerging artists firmly in the spotlight. Spend your week at Trinity, enjoying events for kids, adults, artists, and enthusiasts. With both free and ticketed events, there is a chance for everyone to be involved, be creative, and be entertained.

I am so excited to be bringing Tunbridge Well’s first fringe festival featuring art, comedy, music, and theatre to Trinity Theatre this summer. I have spent many summers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, caught up in the infectious energy of a city transformed by arts events happening on every corner. Tunbridge Wells has such a wealth of local talent and ArtsBox is a great opportunity to give these artists a stage. There will be something for everyone, and many free events running across the week, from bug hunts to improv comedy. I have laughed, cried, and seen things I never thought I would see at fringe festivals – I would like the Tunbridge Wells community to have the same opportunity.

Jocelyn Cheek, Festival Founder


Local artists feature prominently across the festival, with an evening of live music hosted by Sean Fennessey, featuring local favourite Cyrano, as well as an introductory watercolour painting drop-in with local artist and tutor Julie King. For younger festival-goers there’s a Churchyard Safari led by Dr Ian Beavis, a unique opportunity to explore Trinity churchyard, and discover the smaller wildlife that live there. Trinity’s signature Comedy Café also returns, with national acts keen to get on stage in Tunbridge Wells ahead of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Audiences will sit down to a two-course meal in Trinity’s foyer Kitchen & Bar, the perfect setting for an up-close and personal experience.

For something completely different, there’s a Mindfulness Life Drawing class, perfect for a source of refuge and stress relief – time to unite with other like-minded people through the activity of being in the moment, drawing the figure, connecting, through drawing together.The class is open everyone – drawers and non-drawers alike, with help and tutoring available to anyone who requires it.

Alongside these events, Fresh Paint, a visual arts competition for 5-18 year olds, sponsored by Giggling Squid, aims to celebrate the creativity of local young people. The theme for the exhibition is “adventure”, and artwork can be submitted in any media. All entries will be judged by local artists. Trinity is accepting entries in four age categories, with prizes for each category – donated by local businesses Creams Cafe, M. Saltmarsh Artists’ Materials, and Whirligig Toys. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 24thJuly, and the exhibition will run in Trinity’s gallery from Monday 5thAugust – Saturday 17thAugust.

Giggling Squid is delighted to sponsor Fresh Paint. As a company we love to support our local communities, and when we heard about the chance to sponsor this amazing competition we jumped at it. Our owner Pranee still to this day designs and decorates each and every restaurant, and always ensures her children lend a helping hand too, whether they paint flowers onto the walls or hand press flowers to put into frames. We couldn’t think of a better competition to be a part of!

Melissa Cullen, Marketing & Events Manager, Giggling Squid

From Mindfulness Life Drawing to an evening of hilariously unpredictable improv comedy from A Pair of Four, self-styled “electric bad boys of the West Kent improv scene”, ArtsBox Festival 2019 celebrates local talent by engaging audiences in a range of unique creative experiences.

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