Whether you are living in Wellington or planning to visit the city, get ready for one of the country’s biggest events. A popular annual event, The New Zealand Fringe Festival is the oldest and the largest fringe festival in the country. For events and activities, the NZ Fringe Festival was named one of the ‘Must Do’s in February Festival’ in 2014 by National Geographic. For those of you who are planning to attend the festival, here’s some must-know information.
About the Festival
Be prepared for three weeks of fun filled events and entertainment from 10th February to 4th March 2017. This popular NZ festival features over 700 events including music, cabaret, clowning, circus, dance, film, fashion, podcast, poetry, puppetry, theatre, storytelling, improvisation, and visual and digital art. As many as 1100 popular artists and performers from across the world will set the stage on fire.
Maybe Something Close to your Place
For those of you who are clueless about Fringe venues, all your favourite events will be held across the length and breadth of the city. Some of the centres of the festival in Wellington include 17 Troy Street, All Saints Conference Centre, Bad Grannies, BATS Theatre, Capital E, Circa Theatre, Central Park, and Centre for Higher Self. Most shows are accessible ones; please check the wheelchair availability and sign boards before booking your tickets.
On the Ticketing Front
Book your fringe tickets online as per your comfort and convenience or walk down to the Fringe Festival Box Office on Bond Street between 11am to 6pm from 10th February to 4th March and grab a hard copy of your ticket. For other fringe accessories and items, head to either BOBS or BATS Theatre. Please note, there is no booking fee for the 2017 NZ Fringe Festival and 35% of the programmes are Koha Free.
Take your Call
Choose the events you want to attend. Make a wise decision and try to attend a good number of shows at the Fringe; remember the festival happens once a year. Featured events at this year include Chalk the Walk, Love, Loss and Lattes, and Coastella Music Festival. It doesn’t end here; party enthusiasts can meet the team and socialize with the artists at the after parties. Join the celebrations every Thursday at Fringe Bar, Fridays at S&M Cocktail Bar and Lounge, and Saturdays at BATS.
Every Head Counts
Volunteering at the fringe can be fun; after all you get to experience the events at ground level. You become a part of the festival and in return you get tickets at a reduced price along with other essential goodies. Popular roles at the fringe are marketing, surveying, event management, and productions. Pick up what suits you the best!