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 off the main-stages but also for Wellington’s culture loving creatures, our enthusiastic audiences, the people always keen for something great in your face: YOU GUYS! Since the 90s, Fringe has been through many guises and has spread through the city’s crevices, up it’s 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 are thrilled to be part of bringing you all the bits that make up Fringe and implore you to get to as many bits as possible and fill your whole.