Llangollen Fringe Festival begins amid funding fears

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The 13th Llangollen Fringe Festival kicks off this Friday, though organisers fear it could be the last as they are suffering from arts budget cuts.

As the Daily Post reported today, funding for the festival has dwindled from £12,000 in grant support in 2009 to just over £1,000 this year. Event director Graham Timms has launched a plea for audiences ahead of the festival, which runs from Friday 16 until Saturday 24 July.

This year's musical line-up includes Pama International, John Otway, Kasai Masai, Alabama 3 and a double bill of Welsh acts Cate Le Bon and Race Horses.

Cate Le Bon

There's also set to be an audience with writer and broadcaster Will Self, and an appearance from punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

Other events taking place around Llangollen include the Fringe Fest street festival, Living History Walk, dance workshops, Murder Mystery Train and Ivor the Engine at Llangollen Railway.

Visit the Llangollen Fringe Festival website for further information.

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