A Bit About Fringe

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Bigger, Brighter, Bolder.

 For 32 years the New Zealand Fringe has secured its place as the birthplace of brilliance and at the heart of the development of new talent and works in Aotearoa and a popular destination for internationally touring artists. 

NZ Fringe is a fully open-access, artist-first festival in which participants register their events to perform within a 3 week season. The Fringe does not produce shows, but runs on a decentralised model, working alongside numerous existing and activated venues around the greater Wellington region. Having firmly embedded itself in the Te ​​Whanganui-a-Tara arts calendar as a safe space for artists looking to receive support with the development of their arts practice and find a receptive audience for their new innovative works.  

In 2022 under the new direction of multi-disciplinary artist Vanessa Stacey. NZ Fringe festival saw a record registered of 189 events, with 24 additional events hosted at FAFF Club housed in the EX-Change Atrium, and a further 28 online digital offerings. Against all odds, the Fringe operated entirely under RED Traffic light restriction for the entirety of its 2022 season. NZ Fringe still saw 69 sold-out seasons and a 28.7% increase in ticket sales across the festival, involved 500+ artists, and hosted 389 LIVE Events and multiple free-to-the-public events and installations with a total audience exceeding 100,000, with substantial growth in the diversity of both artists and art forms from 6% in 2021 to 19% participation of Māori and Pasifika Artists in 2022.

Becoming a hotbed, and an active advocate for innovation and experimentation in New Zealand arts. NZ Fringes' open-access kaupapa has always provided the opportunity for artists to present work that is risky and pushes boundaries. A major factor for many of these artists to be part of Fringe is because of the support provided by the festival's small but passionate team. 



 

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