Welcome to the Virtual Fringe:
The Virtual Fringe is a month-long festival of imaginary performances, exhibitions and events programmed to (not) take place around Coventry city centre. Each event is devised in response to a particular building or space.
Coventry is a city rich in possibility. Even though its inhabitants like to think they are not too attached to the place, the truth is we are. We enjoy this city's contradictions. We believe in its potential. And we can't help but defend it when it is challenged. The Virtual Fringe Festival is about exploring and harnessing this strength of feeling.
why programme a festival of non-existent events?
To encourage artists and decision-makers to engage together in the city's regeneration.
To imagine new futures for old buildings.
To advance the aspiration of a vibrant city centre.
Some of the venues are buildings slumbering in a state of disrepair, in need of attention and animation; others are fully functional and events could be, and sometimes are, staged there. Some are newly created spaces whose history is yet to be written; others are earmarked for redevelopment and the potential for their reawakening lies ahead.
You are the audience for the Virtual Fringe.
We ask you to look through this online brochure and imagine your presence at this festival.
We ask you to imagine the buzz on the street and to enjoy looking at your city with new eyes.
We ask you to imagine your role in realising such a festival, given that Something, like Nothing, can happen anywhere.
where should you start?
Try the Venue Map.