Returning Fringe festival to bring burst of energy
After a successful inaugural festival in 2016, Fringe in the ‘Stings is back to delight and entertain punters over three days.
Starting on October 5 the festival will bring comedy, music, theatre and more in the form of 30 shows from across New Zealand and Australia.
Fringe committee chair Andrea Taaffe said the events would be held in venues that were walking distance from each other, with many events packed into the three day festival.
‘‘It’s going to bring a real energy to the city centre, with visitors and locals out having a laugh together as a community.’’
Many performers coming to Hastings for Fringe had been part of Edinburgh Fringe, the NZ Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand International Fringe in Wellington.
The line-up included James Nokise, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Sera Devcich and Tom Knowles.
It also featured Ma¯ori music award finalists Auaha, a group of seven musicians drawn together by their common interest in tra- ditional Ma¯ori instruments.
Taaffe said the performers coming to Hastings were excited to hang out in the city.
‘‘Many of them have been before, some performed in different guises at our first Fringe in 2016, and they’ve spread the word to those performers they work with on other gigs,’’ she said.
‘‘They like it here, it’s relaxed and easy and we look after them well. We have a growing reputation as the best hosts on the fringe circuit!’’
Events would be held at The Eastbourne, The Hastings Function Centre, Common Room and in a vacant shop at 211 Heretaunga St East, dubbed The Green Room.
Auaha are performing in the Fringe in the ‘‘Stings festival. Left, comedian Cori Gonzalez-Macuer.