The Camden Fringe pigeon: punk and proud.
What we love about the 4 year old Camden Fringe and the infant Hot August Fringe at the RVT is that both programme in an authentic fringe style, focusing on small venues around a geographically manageable area. This is of course what makes the Edinburgh Fringe work - a mad concentration of venues in a compact city with key hubs where people gather to drink, discuss the string of shows they've managed to get to and generate a buzzy, decadent festival spirit whatever the weather.
Most performers want to go to Edinburgh if they can afford it - it's quite simply the place to be in August. If they can't, Camden and RVT offer cheap and spirited alternatives back home. Some acts even do both, using either as a warm up to an Edinburgh run.
We're spoilt in London with a thriving fringe scene year round - despite recession and arts funding cuts - via hundreds of funky small venues. Let this idea die, let the local fringe festivals flourish with their character and flair. You can't rival Edinburgh. As Veronica Lee suggests, why not divert this misguided organising zeal into planning something fringetastic and all encompassing to show off for 2012?