Re­turn­ing Fringe fes­ti­val to bring burst of en­ergy

The Hastings Mail - - WHAT’S ON - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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