Dunedin Fringe Festival


Office location

26 Princes Street
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Postal address

Dunedin Fringe Festival
PO Box 1331
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand


+64 3 477 3350


Josh Thomas – Festival Director

Dallas Synnott – Production Manager

Hannah Sharples – Production Coordinator

Jordan Dickson – Publicist

Rowan Newton – Volunteer Coordinator

Olivia Andrews – Design & Production Assistant


The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost festival of its kind. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with the Wellington, Auckland and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.

The Dunedin Fringe Festival attracts artists from throughout New Zealand and overseas with a mix of established and emerging artists. Dunedin embraced the 2014 Dunedin Fringe Festival with over 9,000 people attending artist and Festival produced events. The Festival programme primarily features independently produced events by artists plus a handful of high profile special events run by the Festival.

Independent artist events form the backbone of Dunedin Fringe Festival and are facilitated through an open-access registration process. This takes place in September & October each year with New Zealand artists able to apply to the Festival for funding grants to develop new work or to tour a work to Dunedin. This represents a massive injection of creativity into Dunedin and a grand opportunity for audiences.

The Fringe Trust

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, a non-profit charitable trust. Established in April 2004, the Fringe Trust works closely with staff to produce the Festival and a number of other activities in Dunedin.

Current Trustees

Aaron Hawkins (Chairperson)
Stephen Hall-Jones (Secretary)
Donna Agnew (Treasurer)
Richard Reeve (Trustee)
Nicola Mutch (Trustee)

Staff, Interns & Volunteers

The Festival employs a director, Josh Thomas, and other staff to run the Festival as well as other events. We regularly provide opportunities for young people interested in marketing, design and event management to work with us as staff and interns. If you’re interested in working with us please contact the Festival office.

Volunteers are also an essential part of the Festival team, taking on a range of roles from promotion, event production, venue management, ticketing and ushering. We recruit volunteers each year in January and February and you can find out more on the Support page.