Fringe hits 25
Wellington’s Fringe Festival turns 25 next month and returns with another 120 quirky offerings.
The 2015 programme, from February 20 until March 14, features puppets, ghosts, cups of tea, radio shows, a nest, Shakespeare, mind- reading hotdogs, hillbillies, fan-fiction, divas and a paintball fight.
‘‘ It’s been 25 years and artists are still surprising us with their innovation and creativity,’’ Fringe director Hannah Clarke said.
‘‘Fringe is proud to uphold arts that live on the edge and defy category.’’
There will be 700 performances at more than 50 venues, 40 per cent of which offer entry free or for a small donation.
New Zealand Fringe Festival’s reputation has reached international audiences, with 14 acts coming to Wellington from as far afield as Britain, France and Czech Republic.
The festival has been staged since 1990 and in 2011 the Creative Capital Arts Trust was established to run and help the event grow. Since then, Fringe has gone from 52 shows to 120. In January 2014 National Geographic named the festival one of the top 10 international festivals held in February.
The programme can be found at fringe.co.nz.
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