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This is the Dunedin Fringe blog for updates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Scroll through for past updates. 

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Updated 17 March, 10.30pm.

Statement on the Covid 19 outbreak and the 2020 Dunedin Fringe Festival from Dunedin

Fringe Arts Trust Director Gareth McMillan.


Gareth McMillan, Festival Director, announces the cancellation of the 2020 Dunedin Fringe
Festival.
‘The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust board and I met tonight and made the decision to cancel this
year’s festival. With the arrival of the outbreak within Dunedin we feel this is the best
option. We have recommended that all independently produced events under the Fringe
umbrella also cancel their scheduled performances and exhibitions.
‘We’re devastated for our community. The Dunedin Fringe is one of the largest arts festival
in the country and represents thousands of hours of work from more than 750 creative
practitioners. As contractors, they will be severely impacted now and in coming months; as
will the wider sector including technicians, venues, suppliers and everyone who relies on a
vibrant entertainment industry.
‘As an organisation we will do whatever possible to support arts practitioners through these
challenging times, including offering the limited financial resources we have available.
During this temporary time of (physical) social distancing we believe connectedness is more
important than ever. Therefore we are investigating ways of hosting a digital fringe festival
to enable a ‘virtual gathering’ and create an opportunity to raise money for affected artists.
Additional information will be released as plans develop.
‘We wish to thank all ticket purchasers for supporting the Fringe Festival. For cancelled
events, the ticket provider will contact purchasers and offer them the opportunity to be
refunded. Alternatively, people may choose to donate this back to the artist and we
encourage this option if at all possible. In the event that an independent event chooses to
proceed or reschedule it might be possible to transfer existing tickets to this event with
further details to be made available.
‘We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank all of our funders and supporters. This is not
the 20 th birthday party we had planned but the Dunedin Fringe will be back next year and it
will be better than ever.’

 

Update 16 March, 3.45pm.

Statement on the Covid 19 outbreak and the 2020 Dunedin Fringe Festival from Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust Director Gareth McMillan.

Gareth McMillan, Festival Director, has outlined the latest developments and cancellations.

‘Another day of rapid developments, and on behalf of the staff and trustees of the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust I wish to reiterate my sympathies to everyone affected. It is heart-breaking to see the work of so many undone by circumstances beyond our control.

‘With our first event scheduled for Wednesday night we have decided it would be in the best interests of the community to act proactively; it is with regret that I announce the Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase, and Fringe in the Octagon events have both been cancelled.

‘Further cancellations have been announced by artist produced events (see list below), and we expect more to follow. The decision to cancel is a difficult one influenced by a range of factors. We support those artists who have chosen to cancel, and we also support those who are waiting for further information before confirming the best course of action. Please note, at the time of writing there are many events proceeding but this may change.

‘Patrons who have purchased tickets via Ticket Rocket (Regent Theatre events) or Eventfinda (every other event) can request a refund. Alternatively, the ticket price can be donated to the affected artist, many of whom are facing financial hardship. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this, especially our creative community including artists, venues, sponsors, volunteers, technicians et al.

‘We will provide updates daily, or as required, via our Facebook page as we consult with our stakeholders and receive the latest advice and government recommendations. We encourage anyone with concerns about the festival to contact our office, info@dunedinfringe.nz. For public health information we refer you to the MoH website.

List of currently cancelled events

BrittonusAnsiaSobre RodesThursdayTea TimePlay:Ground - TablelandPlay:Ground - ThiefPlay:Ground - Breakfast ReadingsPlay: Ground - Te Mauri Mum and MeJames Nokise: God Damn Fancy ManRun Rabbit, Dear Boobs...On Stage, Lolsy Byrne- End of DazeSisterhood (Friday session only)Eurydice, Sine Rave (postponed), The Secret Woodland Circus (postponed) , Squirt

Further information:

Gareth McMillan

Director, Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

0211072744

 

Update14 March.

Statement on the Covid 19 outbreak and the 2020 Dunedin Fringe Festival from Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust Director Gareth McMillan.

Gareth McMillan, Festival Director, has outlined the Trust’s response to the pandemic and recently revised travel restrictions for persons entering New Zealand.

‘Consideration of people’s wellbeing is our primary concern and we are therefore adjusting our plans for the festival in accordance with the latest advice from the Ministry of Health. These will evolve as the situation develops but at this point in time we are not planning to cancel the festival in its entirety.’

‘Large scale festival produced events including the Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase, and Fringe in the Octagon will only proceed if we are confident there is no additional risk to participants and attendees. Some international artists have already cancelled their events as they would be required to self isolate for 14 days. Other events may be cancelled at the discretion of the producers (not the festival office).

‘For the majority of events in the programme however, our current position is that they will go on as scheduled. The festival office advises all staff, volunteers, artists and audience to follow best practice hygiene as detailed on the MoH website, and if feeling unwell not attend festival, or other, events.

‘We will provide daily updates via our Facebook page as we consult with our stakeholders and receive the latest advice and government recommendations. Despite feeling shock, concern, and empathy for everyone affected by this unprecedented situation, the Dunedin Fringe remains convinced that now more than ever we need our our artists and the arts sector. In times of adversity, communities that are connected and resilient are best placed to weather the storm and recover faster afterwards. The arts are known for contributing to these outcomes and will be a vital part of this recovery in due course. In the interim, we ask any audience members in a position to support artists affected by the loss of income to do so through donations or attending their events.’

We encourage anyone with concerns about the festival to contact our office, info@dunedinfringe.nz. For public health information we refer you to the MoH website. https://www.health.govt.nz/

 

 

About Us

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.

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Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust
PO Box 1331
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

03 477 3350