Like a phoenix from the ashes of 2020, Dunedin Fringe Festival returns in March 2021 with a diverse and eclectic line-up of more than 80 events across the city and online.
An unmissable highlight in the festival calendar, this year's hybrid festival - combining live and online events - will deliver something for everyone, across visual arts, theatre, comedy, cabaret, music and more.
The Fringe programme has come to be known for it's A-class comedy line up and this year is no different. The inimitable Emerson's Festival Theatre will feature a stellar programme including NZ's snapchat superstar Tom Sainsbury, Chris Parker performing the world's first comedy felting show, a debut with shocking revelations from Eli Matthewson (Head Writer - Have You Been Paying Attention) and split bill shows from Michele A'Court / Jeremy Elwood and Justine Smith / Donna Brookbanks. Brand new for 2021, the Late Night Line Up will take over the venue every Thursday to Saturday night of the Fringe, bringing the best stand-up the Fringe has to offer, followed by live music and DJs into the wee hours.
Once again, we will give you the chance to join some comedy 'firsts' including a debut Ōtepoti performance from Australian comedian Laura Davis, a new comedy set from multi-award-winning Nick Rado, the return of Fred Award winner James Nokise for the first time in 8 years, and Billy T James award winner David Correos.
The debuts continue across artforms with autobiographical performances Thief about growing up in LA in the 90s and The Changing Shed about growing up gay in rural Otago in the 70s; Bathroom Self(ie), an interactive exploration of the selfie in a public bathroom and Unreal!, a virtual reality experience of paintings by internationally-exhibited artist Ewan McDougall; an improvised string orchestra, AUGmented STORK; and a Duo, a duet combining a live dancer and a partner projected from the UK.
Festival Director Gareth McMillan said "The Fringe Launch went off like a frog in a sock on Wednesday night. Dunedin's finest congregated along with Dunedin's weirdest, although to be fair, these are sometimes one and the same. There's a palpable excitement about the programme and we know people can't wait to get amongst the Fringe action."
While the programme guarantees the laughs we all need, artists continue to probe social issues such as mental wellbeing and gender identity in innovative, evocative and affecting ways.
In Adventures in Failure, a three-part performance, the audience will be guided through the murky world of gender representation through drag, steampunk and dance; Sausage Party will dazzle with queer burlesque; and Glossy Leaf Kiss is an experimental performance with a basis in transfeminine identity, queer ecology, mātauranga Māori, body adornment, and video & performance art.
Talanoa Mai Moana uses music to explore the experience of Pasifika men, living on foreign lands, who have been through the prison system; the Otago Corrections Facility will present forum theatre performed by inmates in RE-CYCLE. Long standing contributors Artsenta (shared arts studio for people within the mental health community) are hosting Creative Keys an exhibition comprising work created from a de-constructed piano.
Since the festival's debut in 2000, the core aims of Dunedin Fringe Festival have been to support the growth of emerging artists, and to make contemporary and experimental art accessible to a wider audience. After a difficult year, the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust has facilitated over $40,000 of funding to support artists and ensures 100% of ticket sales go to artists.
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