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Ponsonby … More Than Just a Pretty Face!

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15 February 2005

Ponsonby … More Than Just a Pretty Face!

The Ponsonby Fringe Festival gears up for 2006 with an all new look, and expanded programme of festival events.


Last week, the signature event that celebrates Auckland’s most fashionable district, kicked off the countdown to its April opening with a party, launching the 2006 programme and the flash new face of the festival brand.

Now in its fifth year, The Ponsonby Fringe Festival, famed for its celebration of fashion design has expanded its programme to embrace the finest in food, wine, theatre, music and art. The vibrant and unique character of this illustrious city fringe suburb is captured in a 12-day high energy festival.

Fashion is the festivals headline act, with six different showcases featuring the collections of some of Ponsonby’s big name designers including; Zambesi, Caroline Church, Robyn Mathieson, Jigsaw, Sabine, Kia Kaha, Polly Pratt, Noire, Marvel, Lilly French, Rococo Lingerie, Ricochet, Vanilla Ink, Moa, Redhead, Carlson and RJC. Housed in some of Ponsonby’s finest bars and restaurants these free public showcases provide audiences one of the only opportunities to experience the catwalk first hand. The festival also continues to provide emerging designers one of the only practical opportunities to learn the skills needed to make the leap to the high stake world of NZ Fashion week.

The Ponsonby Fringe Festival kicks off with an outdoor party in Western Park on the 1st of April. This dynamic afternoon event offers a taste of the finest on offer in the upcoming 12 days of festival celebrations. Building on last years success, the Bayleys launch will feature three shows, live music, outdoor art, street theatre performances, George FM DJ’s and the popular “Wine and Beer Garden” joined this year by a specialty foods selection. The Bayley’s launch event premieres “The Best Dressed Dog and Owners Competition”, “Graffiti Art” and an outdoor installation from one of New Zealand’s finest artists, John Radford.

The 2006 programme also returns last years highly successful DRYLANDS Long Lunch, to the Ponsonby Fire Station for another fine afternoon of eating, drinking and socialising in style. Other events in this year’s line up include ‘That George Party’, and two 95bfm Live Music Gigs.


Fashion – Theatre – Music – Art - Food – Wine
The very finest attributes of the eclectic personality that is - Ponsonby Road.


The Ponsonby Fringe Festival 2006 runs April 1-12.
For more information visit www.ponsonby.org.nz

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