Artists on the fringe get the call-up

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Artists are be­ing asked to put their most creative foot for­ward for Auck­land’s first Fringe Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val, to pre­cede the Auck­land Fes­ti­val AK09 early next year, will have a strong fo­cus on the lo­cal per­form­ing arts in­dus­try, says pro­ducer Sally Bar­nett.

The fes­ti­val, be­ing run jointly by the Auck­land Fes­ti­val and The Edge, will run for three weeks start­ing on Fe­bru­ary 27, a week be­fore the AK09 fes­ti­val be­gins.

Ms Bar­nett says the fringe is a dif­fer­ent beast al­to­gether in terms of the ob­jec­tive for artists.

She says the Fringe Fes­ti­val aims to help emerg­ing mu­si­cal, per­form­ing, vis­ual and film artists get their work out into the pub­lic arena for the first time.

“It’s a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to try some­thing new and to take a risk with their work.”

She says it is quite dif­fer­ent to the Auck­land Fes­ti­val, which is an op­por­tu­nity for ex­cel­lence in the arts.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent sort of ap­proach,” she says.

Fringe Fes­ti­val events will be held across Auck­land al­though a Fringe Hub will be based at the Base­ment The­atre on Greys Ave in the cen­tral city.

Ms Bar­nett says it’s an open ac­cess fes­ti­val, mean­ing any­one from any­where in Auck­land can reg­is­ter to hold an event. In­ter­est so far has come from per­form­ers rang­ing from pole dancers and bur­lesque through to film­mak­ers and one-per­son the­atre per­form­ers.

Ms Bar­nett says the chal­lenge is putting things in place so it can be­come a sus­tain­able event as seen in ma­jor cities such as Mel­bourne, which has been run­ning a Fringe Fes­ti­val for 20 years.

An in­for­ma­tion evening for any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part will be held at the Base­ment The­atre on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 28. Regis­tra­tion is open un­til Novem­ber 14.


On the fringe: Sally Bar­nett is pro­ducer of next year’s Auck­land Fringe Fes­ti­val.

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