About Us


About Us

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What is Fringe?

NZ Fringe has spent the last 34 years building a reputation for being a bold, brave and innovative arts festival.

It's different to other curated arts festivals in that it is "open-access" which means that anyone can register an event, with no gate-keeping. This allows for a bold, creative energy to permeate the festival with a huge diversity of events on offer. One of the best things about NZ Fringe is that audiences are able to witness the birth of “the next big thing”—it really is the Birthplace of Brilliance. You’ll see events you loved, events that moved or challenged you and events that are so creative that they're impossible to describe (those are the best!).

NZ Fringe is run by the not-for-profit Creative Capital Arts Trust, who also bring Pōneke audiences the free street arts festival, CubaDupa. We rely heavily on our wonderful sponsors and funding partners who support us to keep bringing creative magic to Wellington every year.


Fringe Team

  • Kim Bailey
  • Vanessa Stacey
  • Emlou Lattimore
  • Mariwakiterangi Paekau
  • Catarina Gutierrez
  • James Wilson
  • Sam Morgan


We love our NZ Fringe sponsors hard. They make it ALL possible.

If you’re keen to get on board, email us today and join this stellar list in supporting

the biggest Fringe festival in Aotearoa!

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Get Involved

Volunteering with NZ Fringe is great fun; you will meet the team behind the Fringe, be on the ground supporting the delivery of the festival and get the opportunity to see many Fringe productions.

Become a Volunteer

Creative Capital Arts Trust

Fringe is overseen by Creative Capital Arts Trust (CCAT), an umbrella organisation established in 2011 to facilitate the delivery of key arts events and create a reliable resource for the emerging arts in Wellington, New Zealand.

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