The Fringe has spent the last 32 years building a reputation for being unexpected and a complete mixed bag of awesome! One of the best things about getting amongst it is the claim to fame of actually being in the space and witnessing the birth of “the next big thing” You’ll see events you loved, events inexplicably impossible to describe.
NZ Fringe, also known at times as the Wellington Fringe or just FRINGE!, started in 1990 when a group of performance makers came home from a trip to the mighty Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland and loudly proclaimed “we need some of that too!”. With the help of the NZ Festival (then known as The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts) Fringe was born as a one-week ‘festival within a festival, in its ideal home: BATS Theatre. The festival quickly grew from there and established itself as a ‘must’ - not just for artists creating work of the main stages but also for Wellington’s culture-loving creatures, and our enthusiastic audiences! It's pretty remarkable that since the 90s, Fringe has been through many guises and has spread through the city’s crevices, up its trees, in and out of all its venues, down to the south coast, and as far up as Kapiti and Upper Hutt. A vital and enthralling part of our artistic landscape, simultaneously a rite of passage for artists and audiences.
Our small team at CCAT is exhilarated to be part of bringing you all the bits that make up Fringe!