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Chunky Fringe 2019

Harrow Arts Centre, 20th July, 2pm - 6pm.

(Updated 14-06-2019.)

N.B. I'm off on hols soon, but will be back to full Chunky Fringe mode by the 24th of June.

Chunky Fringe is a gathering of Digitiser fans, teletext enthusiasts, performers, and artists.

Chunky Fringe is a free event, with no ticket required. However, visitor space is limited, so we may need to restrict entry at peak times.

Chunky Fringe is happening on the afternoon before Digitiser Live, with the unofficial blessing of Mr Biffo.

Chunky Fringe has room for more exhibitors. Join us.

We are here. Right by the Harrow Arts Centre car park.

Here are the current exhibitors:

Here are the current panels:

Alistair Cree will be hosting Chunkytext, a web-based Teletext server that anyone can access.

Send him your work in advance of the public opening, to minimise the chance of defacement. Pictures, adverts, jokes, whatever tickles your fancy.

We would also appreciate volunteers to meet and greet visitors, help them to make their own teletext pictures, and so on.

Inside half of the room. Projector and WiFi not tested.

The room has been hired from 1pm to 7pm, so exhibitors will have at least half an hour to set up before the public arrive, and at least half an hour to pack up after they leave. You will be responsible for the security of your own equipment, so please don't bring anything more nickable than strictly necessary.

All mains-powered electrical equipment must have a current PAT certificate. If you don't have one, then we have booked a qualified electrician, from 1pm to 2pm, who can test your equipment as you arrive. Alternatively, bring a fully-charged laptop that can run on batteries alone, then we won't need to test it.

Tea, coffee, water, and some lunchtime sandwiches will be provided for exhibitors, panelists, and helpers. There is step-free access from the car park, toilets are located in the main arts centre building, and there will always be someone in the room to answer questions and escalate minor catastrophes.

Provisional room layout. Jam space on left, exhibitors on right.

We will provide you with half a 180cm by 75cm table, or a whole one if you need it, and one power socket. What goes on the table is up to you. Though we're expecting that this will mostly be about teletext and other forms pixel art, with a sprinkling of homebrew games, we'll consider anything that you're happy to share with the Digitiser crowd and which won't get you arrested.

We hope to feature abilities ranging from seasoned exhibitionists to nervous amateurs, so that experience and enthusiasm can collide in an explosion of new talent, misplaced self-confidence, and awkwardly trying to remember the names of people you've just met.

If you're not ready to commit to being a permanent fixture, then there will be an early afternoon "jam" space where you can just turn up with your laptop or whatever. This will also be used for live discussion panels, but there should be enough room for everyone, at least until 4pm.

So, if you would like to help make Chunky Fringe a deceptively respectable afternoon before the evening madness, then please get in touch via the email address below. Thanks!

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