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New Venue, New Dates, Bigger and Better Than Ever

Dunedin Fringe Festival 2008
March 29 – April 13 2008

New Venue, New Dates and Bigger and Better Than Ever.

Anticipation is building for the 2008 Dunedin Fringe Festival. The heart of this year’s festival will be Dunedin’s Museum Reserve. Centrally located and almost on campus, the reserve will act as the focal point for festival activities. With a large scale marquee and circus-like atmosphere. The Dunedin Fringe is set to entice larger audiences than ever before.

The festival will open at the Museum Reserve with The Opening Spectacular, a contemporary circus show. The show will include aerial performances and acrobatics with spectacular lighting and sound.

Dunedin Fringe has also moved its dates. Usually held in late September this year’s festival runs from March 29 to April 13. Festival Director Paul Smith said “the change in dates is designed to align the Dunedin Fringe Festival with the Wellington and Adelaide Fringe Festivals and to develop new audiences”.

Also new to the Fringe this year is the creation of the Fringe Comedy Club. Located in the Otago Museum’s Hutton Theatre, this cabaret style venue will feature a mix of local, national and international comedians.

Artists from all major New Zealand cities will be represented, as well as expats fresh from the UK and Australia, bringing new work and perspectives. Local Dunedin artists feature prominently, working together to create a strong programme for all to enjoy.

Key Points:

- Two weeks of acts from local, national and international artists.

- Acts range from comedy, dance, theatre and music, to performance, film and visual art.

- Dunedin’s Museum Reserve will act as the ‘Fringe Hub’ for the duration of the festival.

- Dunedin Fringe will commence with The Opening Spectacular, a large scale circus performance.

- Dunedin Fringe includes over 60 artists from New Zealand and abroad.

- The dates of the Fringe Festivals for Adelaide, Wellington and Dunedin have been modified to create a ‘fringe circuit’ for artists and to develop new audiences.

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