Fringe hits 25

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS -

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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