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.
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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.
2015 Fringe Team
From left to right: Josh Thomas (Festival Director); Loise Robert (Intern), Dallas Synnott-Chapman (Production Manger), Dave Cull (Mayor of Dunedin), Steph Dryer (Admin Manager), Tom Kitchin (Publicist), Audrey Morgan (Production Assistant).
The Fringe Trust
Dunedin Fringe Festival is produced by a non-profit charitable organization called the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust. Established in April 2004, the Fringe Trust works closely with staff to produce the Festival and a number of other activities in Dunedin.
Aaron Hawkins (Co-Chair)
Scott Muir (Co-Chair)
Stephen Hall-Jones (Secretary)
Donna Agnew (Treasurer)
Missing in action: Bronwyn Wallace (Volunteer Coordinator).
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.