New Fringe MD joins

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A former Edinburgh venue director joins Brighton Fringe as its new managing director. As a venue producer, artistic director and promoter, Julian Caddy has programmed and presented more than 500 shows (theatre, comedy, dance, music, musicals and opera) over the past 14 years. His professional experience covers the worlds of both live and recorded arts.

He co-founded and was director of Sweet Venues for eight years, with seasons at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, co-productions at the Adelaide, Avignon and Montreal Fringe Festivals, as well as seasons in London and tours around the UK. Over the years, Julian has become a prominent figure at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, speaking on behalf of venue producers on a variety of issues. Julian said: “Every year in May, something quite magical happens here in Brighton and it is a great privilege to have been given the chance to lead it. My focus now is on guiding us to continue along that path with a renewed energy and resolve. I want Brighton to be the best fringe festival in the world and I look forward to creating it with you.” The arts have always been a big part of Julian’s life having studied at ASAD for three years. His first job at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe came in 1996 as the co-producer for the Comedy Club workshop. He is a trained actor, singer, theatre director and drama coach.  Heather James, chairman of Brighton Fringe Board, said: “Julian brings a wealth of experience and contacts within the festival sector and beyond. We know his leadership will help cement Brighton Fringes reputation as one of the world’s leading fringe festivals,” Fringe 2012 will run from May 5-27. Registration for 2012 runs until February 6.

For more information on Brighton Fringe go to www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk.