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The New Zealand Fringe Festival (NZ Fringe), based in Te Whangānui-a-Tara and held every year in late February/early March, is a community based open-access festival providing the most concentrated mix of new talent from across the motu (and beyond!).

Our point of difference from other festivals is that NZ Fringe is completely open to anyone wishing to stage an original piece of art in any discipline—there are minimal constraints and we encourage participants to take a creative and artistic risk. They pick to be part of NZ Fringe rather than us picking them, and anyone who registers a show has an automatic place in the programme. 

NZ Fringe promotes grass-roots arts and culture and emerging, developing talent. For more than 30 years the New Zealand Fringe Festival has been providing a stage for cutting-edge creative endeavours. NZ Fringe has cemented itself as the Birthplace of Brilliance in Aotearoa: a catalyst for new and original homegrown arts and entertainment.

From Flight of the Conchords to the Lonesome Buckwhips, Rhys Darby to Dai Henwood, and Strike Percussion to Footnote Dance, the NZ Fringe has played a significant role in helping artists to achieve bigger and brighter things, both within Aotearoa and on the international stage.

Head to our website below to find out more and sign up to our newsletter for updates on any exciting developments.


NZ Fringe Festival is an open-access festival, meaning anyone can get involved. All you need to do is register your show and pay the registration fee and you are in our programme!


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