Dunedin Fringe Festival 2015 off-season website

Dunedin Fringe 12-22 March 2015

Dunedin Fringe is an open-access festival that runs for 10 days every March. Registrations for the 2015 Festival have now closed. If you missed registration but have an event that you think would be suitable – please contact the Festival Director, Josh Thomas by email: director@dunedinfringe.org.nz

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Support the Fringe

As a non-profit Festival we rely on the support of a wide range of people and organisations to bring the Festival to life. If you would like to offer your support to the Festival there are a number of ways that you can be involved.


Volunteers are essential members of the Festival team. We recruit and manage a team of over 50 volunteers who perform a range of roles prior and during the Festival. This can include venue staff, ticketing, administration and promotion activities. We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in volunteering for the Festival.


Many local and national businesses support the Festival in a variety of ways. Sponsoring the Festival is a great way to be actively involved with our events, artists and audiences. The Festival produces a number of special events that provide opportunities for businesses and other organisations to participate in the Festival.

Sponsorship involves developing a partnership where both the Festival and the sponsor work together to make a special event happen. Festival staff will deliver a range of benefits to our sponsors in return for their financial support or donated services.

For more information on sponsorship please contact the Festival director.


Anyone can advertise on our website all year round. The website offers desktop skyscraper and mobile banner advertisements which provide a strong profile for your message.

You can also advertise in our printed Festival brochure. Called the Festival Guide, this stylish publication is an essential tool for all audience members to access the Festival programme. The Guide is a full colour A4 magazine style publication with 10,000 copies printed. Advertising can be booked from September to December 2014. The Guide is printed in late January, launched at a special event and then widely distributed throughout Dunedin and to selected outlets nationwide.

For advertising rates and more information please contact the Festival office.


The Fringe Festival is produced by the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, a charitable trust registered with the Charities Commission. We accept donations from individuals or organisations. Please contact Festival staff if you would like to discuss making a donation.


The Dunedin Fringe Festival is the world’s southernmost festival of its kind. Initiated in 2000, Dunedin Fringe aims to bring experimental contemporary art to a wider audience and to support the work of emerging artists. Dunedin Fringe is an annual event which happens every March timed to coincide with the Wellington, Auckland and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.

The Dunedin Fringe Festival attracts artists from throughout New Zealand and overseas with a mix of established and emerging artists. Dunedin embraced the 2014 Dunedin Fringe Festival with over 9,000 people attending artist and Festival produced events. The Festival programme primarily features independently produced events by artists plus a handful of high profile special events run by the Festival.

Independent artist events form the backbone of Dunedin Fringe Festival and are facilitated through an open-access registration process. This takes place in September and October each year with New Zealand artists able to apply to the Festival for funding grants to develop new work or to tour a work to Dunedin. This represents a massive injection of creativity into Dunedin and a grand opportunity for audiences.

The Fringe Trust

Dunedin Fringe Festival is produced by a non-profit charitable organization called the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust. Established in April 2004, the Fringe Trust works closely with staff to produce the Festival and a number of other activities in Dunedin.

Current Trustees

Warren Taylor (Chairman)

Scott Muir (Deputy Chair)

Stephen Hall-Jones (Secretary)

Donna Agnew (Treasurer)

Richard Reeve

Martyn Roberts

Aaron Hawkins

Staff, interns & volunteers

The Festival employs a director, Josh Thomas, and other staff to run the Festival as well as other events. We regularly provide opportunities for young people interested in marketing, design and event management to work with us as staff and interns. If you’re interested in working with us please contact the Festival office.

Volunteers are also an essential part of the Festival team, taking on a range of roles from promotion, event production, venue management, ticketing and ushering. We recruit volunteers each year in January and February and you can find out more on the Support Us page.

Contact us

Office location

11 George Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand

Postal address

Dunedin Fringe Festival
PO Box 1331
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand


+64 3 477 3350


Josh Thomas (director)
Stephanie Dyer (administraton)