Fringe Festival Voted 'Ten Must Do's' by National Geographic

5 February 2014

New Zealand’s Fringe Festival was voted by National Geographic's Travel Magazine as one of the top ten “amazing events on tap all over the world". Make sure you don’t miss out on this year's Fringey goodness.

Comedian Catherine Badwind lies on her back on the floor surrounded by plastic toys

Comedian Catherine Badwind is taking her outdoor circus to the Wellington streets - Fringe Festival 2014


For three weeks Wellington hosts an eclectic mix of comedy, music, theatre, dance, visual art and bicycle riding. There are over 90 creative efforts, with more than one-third of them free or by koha to attend.

The Festival Director Hannah Clarke is excited that, "it's Fringe time again! Wellington gets to show off hosting the largest arts festival in the country and nearly all of it made right here in Wellington by Wellingtonians. And we absolutely positively couldn't do it without the support of Wellington City Council. Expect the unexpected, the new, the fresh, and the rehashed. We can't wait to see you there."

The New Zealand Fringe Festival has been presenting a vibrant mix of new talent in Wellington for 24 years, providing the most concentrated mix of fresh and innovative performance across all art forms in Wellington.

Fringe has always been a recognised launch pad for the arts – from Flight of the Conchords to the Lonesome Buckwhips, Rhys Darby to Dai Henwood, and Strike Percussion to Footnote Dance. This year promises to bring you even more so pace yourself because there’ll be plenty of Fringe fun, from sun-up until the late-late hours.

Orchestra Wellington, bookshop theatre and the wonderful Catherine Badwind taking her outdoor circus to the Wellington streets, the Fringe will take you to places you’ve never been before.

Remember to vote for your favourite event in the Contact Energy People's Choice Award, helping your favourite artists win $5000 to use for their next show. You can also get a Fringe Addict card giving you deals on shows and drinks during the festival.

Participate, experience and watch grass-roots arts and culture and emerging talent in all its weird, wonderful and exciting forms – there are no limits.