Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival, or Dunedin Fringe, is an 11-day fringe theatre festival held each March in Dunedin, New Zealand. The first Dunedin Fringe was in the year 2000.[1] The festival was cancelled in 2020 due to concerns around Covid-19. A subsequent fundraising campaign raised more than $5000 to support more than 750 artists affected by the cancellation.[2]

Fringe Festival Office Dunedin

Stanier Black-Five performing at the 2011 festival

The venues are in and around the Octagon, the city centre of Dunedin. Among these are Allen Hall at the University of Otago; The Fortune Theatre;[3] the Athenaeum in the Octagon; Dog With Two Tails, a café and bar in Moray Place;[4] and The Playhouse Theatre.[5]


Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust

The Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust was established in 2004 to support the successful production of the Dunedin Fringe Festival.[6] The trust also supports the delivery of other programmes such as the New Zealand Young Writers Festival and the Amped Music Project.[6]

The current director of the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust is Gareth McMillan.[7] McMillan has served as director since 2017, when he took over from Josh Thomas who had been in role for the previous three years.[7][8]


In addition to theatrical performances, the festival hosts dancers and live music.[9] In 2016, artists produced 55 shows.[10] The festival is open-access, which means that anyone who registers may perform.

In 2020 there were cancellations to the programme due to COVID-19. Suitcase Theatre rescheduled and presented a performance of Boobs on Stage about breast cancer previously scheduled for a small space to the large Regent Theatre but with social distancing of the audience to positive reviews.[11][12]

Further reading


  1. ^ "About Dunedin Fringe" . Dunedin Fringe. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ Houseman, Molly (21 March 2020). "Campaign for artists goes 'crazy'" . Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  3. ^ Cameron, Róisín; Jabado, Salwa; Minford, Teddy, eds. (23 August 2016). Fodor's Essential New Zealand. Fodor's Travel. p. 1072. ISBN 978-0-8041-4364-6.
  4. ^ "Dunedin Fringe Festival 2017 Venue List" (PDF). Dunedin Fringe. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Tumblr" . Tumblr. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust" . The Big Idea. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b McAvinue, Shawn (3 August 2017). "New Fringe director dives in" . Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  8. ^ Benson, Nigel (21 July 2014). "New Fringe director 'thrilled' to gain role" . Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Dunedin Fringe Reveals First Programme Announcements for 2015" (Press release). Dunedin: Scoop. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  10. ^ McAvinue, Shawn (17 March 2016). "Fringe director thrilled with festival" . Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  11. ^ MacTavish, Terry (12 September 2020). "DEAR BOOBS on Stage - Courage, humour and insight" . TheatreView. Retrieved 13 July 2021.
  12. ^ Harwood, Brenda (3 September 2020). "The show must go on" . Otago Daily Times Online News. Retrieved 13 July 2021.

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