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Buxton is a spa town in Derbyshire, England which is close to the Cheshire, Derbyshire border at Macclesfield and Kettleshulme. Buxton is described as "the gateway to the Peak District National Park" (true from the west). A municipal borough until 1974, Buxton was then merged with other localities including Glossop, lying primarily to the north, to form the local government district and borough of High Peak within the county of Derbyshire. Buxton is within the sphere of influence of Greater Manchester due to its close proximity to the conurbation.
The annual Buxton Festival, Four Four Time music festival, and International Gilbert and Sullivan Festivals are held in the refurbished Opera House.
The Buxton Festival, founded in 1979, which runs for about two weeks in mid-July, is particularly noted for its Handel productions and the presentations of rare operas, with top quality artists and orchestras. Running alongside it is the Buxton Festival Fringe. It is popular as a warm-up for the Edinburgh Fringe, and it now claims to be the largest 'true' fringe festival in the UK and is the second largest Arts festival in the country after Edinburgh, which is itself the largest annual festival in the world.
The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, founded in 1994, which runs for over three weeks from the end of July through most of August, is an adjudicated competition among amateur G&S societies and also presents professional performances and fringe events.
Since 2004, the Opera House and the neighbouring Pavillion Gardens have also hosted the annual Four Four Time music festival which sees a wide variety of performers appearing over one week in February.
Buxton has a range of other cultural activities including Screen Buxton, an innovative new film club
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