Little Ed Fringe Festival 2019

by Furthest from the Sea in Derby, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 14th December 2018 we successfully raised £6,005 with 16 supporters in 77 days

To fill Derby with exciting performances in unexpected places while talking about mental health and building community through participation

by Furthest from the Sea in Derby, England, United Kingdom


Little Ed was launched in Derby in 2018 as a brand new fringe-style festival.  It seeks to present performances which are new, edgy and a little bit different in places you wouldn't expect...last year saw poetry in the barber's shop, comedy in a clothes shop and belly dancing in a café.  

A coming together of artists, businesses and a whole raft of organisations to create something really special for the city.  

As well as this, Little Ed is all about mental health...encouraging conversation (both from the stage and amongst an audience), holding workshops and engaging the community in raising awareness.  

We want to build on the success of Little Ed 2018 by bringing in more artists from around the country to venues, businesses and the high street and by providing even more opportunities to get involved in an exciting community-led event.  Little Ed 2019 will run in the lead up to Mental Health Awareness week, from Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th May.


Little Ed will be delivered by Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC.  Based in Derby and with over 8 years of experience working across the country to support the arts from the grass-roots up, our not-for-profit community interest company will be working closely with mental health organisations, local businesses, educational establishments and other partners to deliver the festival.


The more funding we can get in place, the better the event can be (we can put more time into its organisation and marketing; we can get more great artists to come and perform; we can make better decorations; we can run more free workshops; we can mentor more young volunteers...).  

This initial crowd-funding support will open important doors to match funding and other grant opportunities.

Get in touch with us through our website at or by email We're always up for coffee and a chat if you want to find out more or get involved.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Little Ed's Bezzie Mates

We all know that when it comes to friendship the little things can be as important as the grand gestures. Pledge £10 to get your name listed in the event programme as one of Little Ed's Bezzie Mates.

£25 or more

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Little Ed's Bezzie Dressed Mates

We've all got that one friend who wants to get our face printed on their favourite t-shirt, just so the world knows how much they love us...You don't??? Well, this is what Little Ed is looking for! Pledge £25 to get your name listed in the event programme as one of Little Ed's Bezzie Mates and receive a special edition Little Ed t-shirt.

£100 or more

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'Ed Boy / 'Ed Girl / Big 'Ed

Our highest honour at ‘Little Ed Fringe Festival’. Are you Little Ed’s biggest fan? Prove it! For a donation of £100 we will make you ‘Ed Boy, ‘Ed Girl or Big ‘Ed for the entire festival. ‘Harold The Herald’ will introduce you at an event of your choice, you will receive a special edition t-shirt and your photo will be listed in the programme with a short write-up about how absolutely chuffing brilliant you are!

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