Mariya Semenova and Keir Russell (at right), of Steampunk performance act Firebugs, head a colourful group of Dunedin Fringe characters yesterday at the Crown Mill, which will host the comedy club during the 2013 festival. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The Dunedin Fringe Festival has allocated more than $20,000
artist funding for next year's festival.
"This funding gives the artists the confidence and support
they need to make their event happen," festival director Paul
Smith said yesterday.
"It will result in 10 world premiere events and a host of
completely new events from outside Dunedin. We will have more
than 50 events, featuring over 300 artists, from New Zealand
and around the world and we can't wait to bring this to
The $25,000 Creative New Zealand pot is for developing new
works and covering travelling costs for performers from
The funded artists received $20,000, $2500 went to grant
administration and $2500 would be used to help artists
develop individual marketing plans, Mr Smith said.
"We have found that many artists need support with their
marketing and so we have used some of the funding from
Creative New Zealand to assist in this area. The ultimate
goal is to increase audiences."
There had been 28 applications for funding seeking $56,328.
There were 46 registered artist events in the 2013 programme,
Mr Smith said, comprising 28 Dunedin acts and 18 from around
New Zealand and the world.
"There are some fantastic events from Dunedin and several
international guests, including a dance show from Spain and a
theatre group from Russia."
The 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival is on from March 14 to 24.
• Funding recipients (Dunedin unless stated otherwise):
Discharge ($800), Ad Hoc Productions ($2000), Pretty Gay
Productions ($800), Black Sheep Productions, Auckland
($1200), Metonymic Trust ($3500), Song Sale ($400), The
Notional Theatre Company, Christchurch ($1500), Aliza Yair
and Miriam Marler ($500), Indigenous Theatre Group, Auckland
($2000), My Accomplice, Wellington ($2000), Porcelain Punch,
Melbourne, ($2500), Binge Culture, Wellington ($600), Blue
Black and Desi Liversage ($600), Senorita Awesumo ($1000) and
James Bellaney ($600).