Dunedin Fringe Festival

23rd November 2015

Volunteer Registrations 2016 Open!

Here’s your chance to be a part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival in 2016!

There are a bunch of different volunteer roles to fill within the Festival so there will be something to suit everyone, all you need is a willing attitude and a passion for the arts. More info can be found on our Volunteer Page Here.


9th October 2015

Applications for  Fringe and Venue Grant have now closed.

A huge thank you to everyone who applied. We are now working with the Dunedin Fringe Funding Panel accessing everyone’s applications. The funding decisions will be announced 23rd October.

Also do not forget that the Artist registrations close of the 30th October :)

1 September 2015

Artist Registrations 2016 Open!

Yes it’s true, you can now register your excellent new show (or idea!) to be part of Dunedin Fringe 2016. It’s pretty easy to register and all the nuts and bolts can be found on our Artist’s Page Here.

27 August 2015

Pecha Kucha Night Dunedin Vol. 27.

Pecha Kucha is a unique presentation format where 10 presenters show 20 projected images and have only 20 seconds to speak to each image. Another thrilling and inspiring evening, Pecha Kucha Vol. 27 will focus on photography, taking inspiration from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s touring exhibition, History in the Taking: 40 years of PhotoForum.

Buy tickets at eventfinder here $15 full or $10 concession. Bar & doors open 6.30pm in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery foyer.

4 Oct Sun 7pm Pecha Kucha Night Dunedin Vol. 27.


1 July 2015

Dunedin Fringe 2016

Registration Is Coming Soon!

Registration packs will be available on this website from 1st September 2015. Our second annual Fringe Hui will also be held on Tuesday 15 September, 5.30pm at the Fringe office – 11 George Street.

Download Dunedin Fringe 2016 Key Dates PDF

Dunedin Fringe 2016 Registration   Dunedin Fringe 2016 Hui

29 June 2015
Join the Fringe

The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust is looking for an administrator to assist with the running of the Trust and its projects including the Dunedin Fringe Festival and the NZ Young Writers Festival. Looking for an extra 20 hours work each week? Know someone who has a passion for the arts? Check out the Trade Me Jobs listing or Facebook post for full details.

30 March 2015
Participate In Our Audience Survey!

Our 2015 audience survey is now live!  We really value your feedback, and would appreciate any thoughts you have on this year’s Fringe. The survey will only take 5-10 minutes.

Each participant will go in the draw to win your choice of a box of Emerson’s Pilsner or Bookbinder Beer (12 bottles) or a case of wine, as well as a Dunedin Fringe T-shirt!

Click here to participate.

23 March 2015
Awards Night Winners Announced

The 2015 Dunedin Fringe Festival went out with a bang at the official Festival Awards event on Sunday evening. The event was held at the Dunedin Community Gallery and was attended by 150 artists, volunteers, staff and supporters of the Fringe.

Twelve awards were presented to artists from Dunedin and around New Zealand as well as fifteen awards given to volunteers who made significant contributions to the Festival. The full list of artist award winners is below.



Best of Visual Arts & Film

Winner: Suspicious Minds – Zoe Crook And Aodhan Madden

Runner Up: On The Buses

Best Theatre

Winner: Beards! Beards! Beards!

Runner Up: Pupil Zero

Best of Music

Winner: Lines Of Flight

Runner Up: Transcendental Liszt, Ligeti and Messiaen

Best of Dance

Winner: Tassel Me This

Best of Comedy

Winner: Nick Rado: He Didn’t Stand Up Comedy Tour

Runner Up: Rose Matafeo & Eli Matthewson, A Work In Progress



Award For Best Production Design – Tassel Me This


Beards! Beards! Beards!

Scene 24

Tassel Me This

Southern Lights & Services Award For Technical Achievement – Lines of Flight


Lines of Flight


Tassel Me This

Warwick Broadhead: Rubbings From a Live Man

Award For Most Potential  – Hamish Parkinson: Fly/Die (A Stand-Upish Show)



Hamish Parkinson: Fly/Die (A Stand-Upish Show)

Rose Matafeo and Eli Matthewson: A Work in Progress

Phantom Billstickers Award For Best Poster Design – Bbeals



Home /The Hilarious Comedy About How I Nearly Killed Myself…

Tassel Me This

Award For Most Original Concept – Suspicious Minds – Zoe Crook and Aodhan Madden


Benedict Cumberbatch Must Die

Suspicious Minds – Zoe Crook and Aodhan Madden

Tassel Me This

Award For Standout Performer – Caitlin McNaughton & Alex Wilson – Pupil Zero


Jodie Bate – Amputation of Personality

Nick Rado – Nick Rado: He Didn’t Stand Up Comedy Tour

Rose Matafeo – Rose Matafeo & Eli Matthewson: A Work in Progress

Zoe Crook and Aodhan Madden – Suspicious Minds

Jan Bolwell – Bill Massey’s Tourists

Caitlin McNaughton and Alex Wilson – Pupil Zero

Award For Best Of The Fringe – Tassel Me This


Beards! Beards! Beards!

Lines of Flight

Pupil Zero

Suspicious Minds – Zoe Crook and Aodhan Madden

Tassel Me This

Tuesday 17th March
Event Cancellations for Marginalia and Pick-A-Path: Dance in The City

Two Dunedin Fringe Festival events have cancelled one of their performances, due to unforseen cirumstances. Marginala: A Fringe Celebration of a City of Literature has cancelled Point: Is Academia a Ghetto? which was to be held tonight at Morning Magpie Café. Also, the Dunedin dance collective GASP have cancelled their Friday performance of Pick-A-Path: Dance in the City.

Marginalia began last night with the successful Stage South: Coming to a Stage Near You Soon. Unfortunately, tonight’s event has been cancelled but the series will continue this Wednesday night with Deep South – 20 Years of Digging which profiles the works of University of Otago postgraduate English students.

The Pick-A-Path: Dance in the City show was to be held on Friday 20th March at 8pm. There are still two other performances to be held in the Festival, Wednesday 18th March from 4-6pm and Sunday 22nd March from 3-5pm.

Up to date information is available at www.dunedinfringe.nz

Friday 13th March 2015
Event Postponement and Venue Change

Two Dunedin Fringe Festival performances have had to change event details.

Scene 24, a collaboration between Dunedin’s The Forgotten Guests and artist Kelly O’Shea, was originally scheduled to take place this evening at 6pm. This has been postponed until tomorrow (Saturday 14th March) at the same time. The postponement is due to weather.

The Mentalist Collective, a local folk rock band have changed their venue for the third and and fourth performances of their show Crossing Sounds. All performances were to be held at the Two Left Feet Dance Studio at 14 Carroll St. However the two final shows on Saturday 21st March will now be held at Trident House at 88 Vogel Street. This is next to the overbridge on the corner of Jetty and Vogel Streets.

Thursday 12 March 2015
Hundreds Enjoy Dunedin Fringe Launch

Last night, over 700 people attended the Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase at the Regent Theatre. Seventeen different artists from the Festival lineup performed snippets from their shows. The audience was treated to an energetic and fast-paced night celebrating the start of the 12th Dunedin Fringe Festival.

“The response to our opening night was overwhelmingly positive”, said Festival Director Josh Thomas. “And now the fun begins as artists present their 50 shows around the city.”

The public can receive daily email updates with information on the time, location and price of all events by signing up through Fringe Mail.

Photos of the Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase will be uploaded to Facebook and some were uploaded during the night to Instagram. The Fringe Blog on Tumblr has also recounted the Showcase.

Thursday 5 March 2015
Change of Venue for Aunga

 The Dunedin Fringe Festival show Aunga has announced a change of venue. The show was originally to be held in the Burlington Street Alleyway behind Les Mills but it will now take place in the basement of the Athenaeum Building. The Athenaeum basement is accessed via an alleyway opposite the First Church on Moray Place.

The dates and times remain unchanged: 8:00pm on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March. Tickets are available online through this website or in person through Fringe HQ at 11 George St.

Friday 27 February 2015
Frank, The Mind Reading Hot Dog Cancelled From Festival

Comedian Frank, the Mind-Reading Hotdog has unfortunately had to cancel his show at the Dunedin Fringe Festival due to personal circumstances. The show, which was to be held at the Fortune Theatre, was selling well for both of his performances on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March.

Tickets holders can have their tickets refunded by calling the Dunedin Fringe Festival office on 03 477 3350 or emailing info@dunedinfringe.nz. If tickets were purchased through the Fortune Theatre box office, please contact the theatre on 03 477 8323 or emailing boxoffice@fortunetheatre.co.nz.

Wednesday 25 February 2015
Fringe T-Shirts On Sale!

Want to remember the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2015 with some original merch?  Fringe t-shirts are now on sale at Fringe HQ or by post! We’ve got a great selection on sale, come in and have a look.

There are two ways you can purchase t-shirts:

– Call by our HQ at 11 George Street during business hours and grab one with $25 cash

– Pay by bank transfer to Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, Kiwibank, 38-9002-0711763-00. You can collect from the office or email us at info@dunedinfringe.nz and we can arrange delivery (there may be a small postage fee depending how many you order!)

Take your pick of style, we’ll see you at our HQ soon.


Dunedin Fringe T-Shirts

Friday 13th February 2015
Get Your Copy of the Programme Now!

Fringe staff, artists and supporters had a great time at the Programme Launch in the Lower Octagon tonight. The surprise ‘Gravity Cube’ venue was a hit – thanks to Gravity Events.

Make sure you pick a copy up – come down to Fringe HQ at 11 George Street (just a couple of steps down from the Octagon) from Monday, or collect one from local hotspots. Some will be distributed around Otago and nationwide.


Dunedin Fringe Fesitval Guide 2015 Front Cover
Look out for this illustration for 2015 on the front of our guide, created by local designer Alex Gilks of Chopchop Design.

See exclusive photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.