The world is coming to Dunedin this Fringe
An explosion of art hits Dunedin this Fringe, as the festival down at the edge of the world brings the world over to play.
Started in 2000, the Festival has grown every year. The 2018 instalment (March 8-18) will host over 90 events by performers and visual artists hailing from the world over – from Slovenia to South Dunedin, Tanzania to Timaru, and Cripple Creek Colorado to Christchurch. The Festival features a red-hot line-up of comedy, dance, theatre, circus, visual art, poetry, music, and hybrid genre defying artforms: something for everyone.
New Festival Director Gareth McMillan is excited by the quality and quantity of events lining up to be part of the world’s southernmost Fringe. “The joy of an open access Fringe is seeing how the festival becomes a catalyst for creativity. No other event in the lower South Island features such an innovative and diverse programme. We provide the scaffolding, and artists from here and around the world build the edifice upon it. The Fringe that we’re building for 2018 will be simply stunning.”
Dunedin has a reputation as a buzzing creative centre. The Fringe Festival will see the whole city turn into a canvas, with events taking place from a central hub to outlying communities. Traditional theatres, bars, and found spaces will transform into venues for the eleven day festival: from circus acts in swimming pools to bus trips to mysterious locations and everything in between.
At the centre of activities will be the Emerson’s Festival Club which once again has scheduled a fantastic programme of work. “As well as hosting a buzzing line-up of performers, and live music Thursday to Saturday nights, the club is a great meeting place for artists and audiences to meet and mingle,” says McMillan. “Located just off the Octagon, the club is a hub at the heart of the city, and the heart of the Fringe experience.”
The Polson Higgs Showcase on March 7th will provide a smorgasbord of what’s on offer with a back-to-back line up of artists of all genres presenting highlights of their work.
The full programme of events for Dunedin Fringe 2018 will be available when the festival programme officially launches, on Thursday 8 February 2018.
WHAT: DUNEDIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
WHEN: 8 - 18 MARCH 2018
(POLSON HIGGS SHOWCASE: 7 MARCH)
WHERE: FRINGE OFFICES, 26 PRINCES STREET DUNEDIN