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It's time for super action Fringin' power

8 February, 2008

It's time for super action Fringin' power

It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights, it's time to gets things crankin' on the most sensational Fringitational Festival ever.

The 15th annual 2008 New Zealand Fringe Festival kicked off today in Wellington City, featuring the largest line-up in the festival's history.

With the Fringe Festival's own 'Free Fringe' events, spearheaded by the near-nightly bastard child of a talk show The Chit Chat Lounge, Fringe 08 presents more than 100 productions including nine dance, seven music, six outdoor, 39 theatre, 18 visual arts and 16 comedy shows.

Creative types from all over New Zealand and the world have been drawn to Wellington for the Festival.

International flavour is provided by Aindrias de Stack's crazy Irish gypsy fiddling in Around the World on 80 Quid, Australian aliens harassing commuters in Phone Home, and Canadian James Howell's acclaimed show Lay Down and Love Me Again.

"We've been all heads-down-tails-up for six months so it's an exciting moment for us to see our baby Fringe grown into a mega-powered monster today," said Fringe 08 director Mark Westerby.

"Fringe occupies a special place in the arts community as it breeds the next Conchords and King Kongs. Our productions will certainly occupy some special places, with site-specific productions set in lingerie stores, storm-water drains and even the women's toilets at the Michael Fowler Centre.

"I guess they couldn't afford to book the Fowler's auditorium."
So grab a programme or check out the new super-action interactive website and get amongst the creative goodness that is Fringe 08.

Fringe 08 programmes, media discs and images available, please email


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