About Us



About Us

An annual event on the Wellington calendar since 1990, the New Zealand Fringe Festival is the oldest and largest Fringe Festival in New Zealand!
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What is fringe?

For three weeks during February and early March, this annual festival features over 1,100 artists from around New Zealand and the world, featuring world premieres, new artists and established companies creating new, cutting edge art.

Over 700 events are staged all over the city – in established venues, houses, galleries, cafes, bars, street corners and parks.

Our festival is open access and includes contemporary work in art forms including (but never limited to) audio, busking, cabaret, clowning, comedy, circus, dance, film, fashion, improvisation, music, online, physical theatre, podcast, poetry, puppetry, spoken word / storytelling, theatre, visual & digital art.

In January 2014 National Geographic named NZ Fringe Festival one of 10 international ‘Must Do in February Festivals’ and in November 2014 NZ Fringe Festival won the Wellington Airport Regional Community Award for Arts and Culture.


Fringe Team

  • Sameena Zehra
  • Sasha Tilly
  • Rose Jang
  • Charlotte Wooster
  • Vanessa Stacey
  • George Fenn
  • Eric Holowacz


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Get Involved

Volunteers are an essential part of the NZ Fringe Festival. Lending us a helping hand has lots of perks – including reduced tickets, access to our exclusive events and artists. Come on, let's get all Fringey!

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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 in Wellington, including the new CubaDupa and create a reliable resource for the emerging arts in Wellington, New Zealand.

  • Tim Brown

    Tim is an executive with Morrison & Co which manages Infratil. He is also a director of NZ Bus and Wellington Airport. His other voluntary sector experiences include as Chair of Wellington Hockey.

  • Miranda Clayton

    Miranda became a board member for the Fringe Arts Trust in 2001, and was Chair of that board from 2004-2011. Miranda has a background in both science and arts. Miranda was the manager of the Palmerston North Community Arts Council, responsible for project management, sponsorship, promotion, public relations, media management and marketing activities. At this time she was also a trustee on the Square Edgy Creative Centre Trust Board. Currently, Miranda is a consultant for Busby Ramshaw Grice, a public affairs and communications company.

  • Nick Simcock

    Nick was the Chair of the Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust from 2008 until 2011. He is the Managing Director of an international HR management consulting firm Korn/Ferry Futurestep. Nick is a passionate Wellington and emerging arts supporter, and over seven years working with the Cuba St Carnival Collective Trust he played a key role in building this iconic Wellington event.

  • Philippa Bowron

    Philippa was a trustee for the Fringe Arts Trust from 2009 until 2011. She is Head of Innovation at Wellington City Council and has a strong background in government and corporate relationships and communications. She has worked in both corporate and public sectors and has particular expertise in the IT and broadcasting sectors.

  • Nigel Moody

    Nigel was a trustee with the Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust from 2009-2011 and is a long-standing supporter of the arts in Wellington. He is a Commercial Lawyer/Partner with law firm Gibson Sheat.