Dunedin Fringe Festival


Office location

26 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Postal address

Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust
PO Box 1331
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand


+64 3 477 3350


Gareth McMillan – Festival Director


Katrina Thomson – Administrator


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 other fringe festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

The Dunedin Fringe Festival attracts artists from throughout New Zealand and overseas with a mix of established and emerging artists. Dunedin embraced the 2018 Dunedin Fringe Festival with over 27,000 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 including our popular Opening Night Showcase event on the eve of the festival. The Showcase attracts upwards of 800 people and features 5-minute previews of shows from the Fringe.

Independent artist events form the backbone of Dunedin Fringe Festival and are facilitated through an open-access registration process. This takes place August – October each year. Funding assistance may also be available for NZ artists – see our Artists page for full details.

The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, a non-profit charitable trust. Established in April 2004, the Trust provides governance and contributes to the successful delivery of the Trust’s various projects including Dunedin Fringe, New Zealand Young Writers Festival, Amped Music Project and the New Zealand International Film Festival (hosting and events).

Current Trustees

Aaron Hawkins (Chair)
Nicola Mutch (Deputy Chair)
Sue Marshall (Secretary)
Melissa Parker Bentley (Treasurer)
Inge Andrew (Trustee)
Ian Loughran (Trustee)
Oonagh McGirr (Trustee)


Staff, Interns & Volunteers

The Trust employs a full time director, Gareth McMillan, a part time Administrator, and other contracted staff  to run its projects and 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.


World Fringe

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is proud to be a member of the International Fringe Festival Association