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Scoop Full Coverage: Fringe 09

Scoop Full Coverage: Fringe 09

The New Zealand Fringe Festival Wellington, 6 February to 1 March 2009

New Zealand Fringe Festival 2009 Website
Events Calendar - New Zealand Fringe Festival 2009

The Last Bit:

Fringe Awards: Conchords Ignite Fringe Hall Of Fame

The New Zealand Fringe Festival capped off the one of the biggest festivals in its 19-year history by naming Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement as the inaugural members of the New Zealand Fringe Festival Hall of Fame. More >>

Oscaresque Glitz: Awards Set To Crown Successful NZ Fringe Festival

The glitz, the glamour and the gloriously-talented folk of cutting-edge entertainment will be showcased next Sunday at the New Zealand Fringe Festival's Awards and closing night party. More >>

Themes: Late Fringe Brings Out The Ladies

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Ten years ago director Jan Bolwell, at the age of 48, was recovering from two bouts of breast cancer. She decided to start dancing again to aid her recovery. A group of women about her age saw Gaylene Preston’s film about breast cancer ‘Titless Wonders’ in which Jan dances her work ‘Off My Chest’. They approached her and said, ‘we want to dance like that. Will you teach us?’ Crows Feet Dance Collective was born. More >>



Other Fringes: Plucky Auckland Festival Finally Gets Its Own Fringe

Auckland’s inaugural Fringe Festival looks to sprawl and heave all across the city come February 27 – with a range of shows taking place in locations as diverse as paddocks, churches, streets and parks. More >>


Non-Fringe Parties: Cuba Street Carnival 21 Feb

On 21 February the Cuba St Carnival will mark its 10th year of celebrating the distinctive culture of Wellington’s much loved street. Each year the Carnival continues to grow and this year will be no different, with crowds of 150,000 people expected. Image: Karim Sahai (2007) More >>


Week 2.5 - 3.5

Self-Promotion: Unnamed Scoop Staffer To Appear In Improv Show

Good-natured failure, we’ve got it and we are bringing it to the burbs! Crash and burn elimination improve in the style of “whose line is it anyway” is heading your way. The Wellington Improvisation Troupe present an exciting new season of MICETRO improv for the 2009 NZ Fringe Festival.More >>


Circus: The Navigators - An Outdoor Circus Adventure!

This summer, Fuse Circus, creators of the acclaimed Gravity and Other Myths and Heavenly Burlesque are proud to roll out their new work for 2009. Journey to a new world with their outdoor circus show: "The Navigators". Taking over Queens Wharf Square as part of the Summer City and Fringe Festivals, The Navigators is sure to sweep Wellington crowds up in its excitement! More >>


Dinner: NZ Artists Receive Grant To Return Home With Innovative, Delicious Show

Young Melbourne-based trio Unicorn Productions has received a Kakano grant from the New Zealand Fringe and Creative New Zealand to enable them to premiere their new show "Instructions to a Double" in Wellington. More >>



Non-Fringe: Perilous '09 Circus In Civic Square

Perilous '09 landed at Wellington's Civic Square on Sunday. The annual circus event includes open air performances and the chance for the public to try out a range of circus skills for themselves. More >>


Fringe-Fringe: Common Ground & LaserTag @ TheNewDowse

Common Ground opened at Lower Hutt's TheNewDowse on Friday night. The exhibition, a collaboration between New Zealand's Cut Collective and German group Via Grafik (also including skateboard decks by local designers), was launched with music, skateboarding and live stencilling. More >>

Non-Fringe Again: The Return Of Turbine

What happens when a company that’s doing everything it can to save the environment can’t reconcile with an already environmentally conscious family? More >>



Week 1.5 to Week 2.5

Grunge Goethe: Surreal Take On German Classic

Faust Chroma begins in Manila, 1963, where Gustav Gründgens’ fever hallucinations and drug-induced rants awaken scenes from both his theatrical productions and his life. More >>


Publicity: Fringe PR Photo Has Naked People

The Piradicals displays a new kind of honesty through experimental film and theatre. Expanding from fringe 2007s Curious?, The Piradicals explores the grittiness of sex and gender and the shocking exposure of the prism of identities emerging from the underground. More >>



Not Fringe: Perilous Circus In Civic Square Sunday 15

Awkward Productions, in conjunction with Wellington Circus Trust, brings you a magic day in Civic Square with free workshops in all the skills of the circus- flying trapeze, unicycling, juggling and balance. More >>

Previous Years:

Still Not The Fringe: Out-of-place Houses Subject Of One-day Sculpture Friday 13

Changes in Wellington’s residential housing history and the surrounding environment are being explored in the latest one-day sculpture project being exhibited on the city’s outskirts. More >>


Oddly, Not The Fringe Either: Wellington Meets The Sevens '09

Scoop's coverage of Wellington NZI International Rugby Sevens 2009, with an understandable focus on picture of the costumes and the parade. More >>



Lulz: Friday Fringe Launch Christens New Comedy Venue

Debuting during the 2009 NZ Fringe Festival, The Fringe Bar (formerly Blue Note at 191 Cuba St.) dedicates itself to showcasing the best in comedy from here and around the world. With 13 unique shows spread out over 22 days The Fringe Bar is set to become the raucous epicenter of a ribtickling, knee slapping comedy revolution. More >>

Also Starting this week:

Dance, Rather Than Sevens Costumes: Into The Looking Glass

Come Into the Looking Glass. To a place where deep secrets, dark fears, light dreams and carefree whims all come true. When you look in the mirror what do you see? More >>

Fringe: New Show Messes With Your Mime
The Magniloquents return to BATS Theatre as part of Fringe 09 with A MIME TO KILL, a new devised black comedy investigating the plight of a Mime who opens one door too many and accidentally finds himself ensnared in the real world. More >>

Theatre: Dark Fairytales And More From The Yoof!
Back by popular demand, thirteen talented young actors of Long Cloud Youth Theatre are presenting Colony! and Grimm in the Wellington Fringe Festival. More >>

Fringe: Does Your Cabbage Have Star Quality?

Do you have a cabbage that has that extra special something? Do you believe they have got what it takes to make it in the entertainment business? Then the Puriri Arts Guild is looking for you (and your cabbage)! More >>


Theatre: Sneaky Fringe Shows Get Their Openings In Early
This February, during the Wellington Fringe Festival, an adaptation of the hilarious Greek theatre classic “The Frogs” will be performed underneath the Wellington Waterfront, with the audience in paddle boats. More >>



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