Artists on the fringe get the call-up
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.