Dunedin Fringe Festival event assistant Lena Plaksina (left), festival club MC Tahu Mackenzie and festival director Paul Smith keep the atmosphere film noir during the launch of the 2014 Dunedin Fringe Festival event guide, at Carousel Bar, in Dunedin, last night. Photo by Linda Robertson.
It's not often you find yourself surrounded by gangsters
dressed in expensive pinstripe suits and femmes fatale with a
glass of wine in one hand, and a revolver in the other.
But when you attend the launch of the 2014 Dunedin Fringe
Festival's event guide, these things are to be expected.
Fortunately, the revolvers were plastic and it was all part
of the elaborate film noir-themed reveal at Carousel Bar last
Festival director Paul Smith and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull
unlocked the event guides from a chained glass box in front
of artists, funders, sponsors and festival supporters.
Mr Smith said he was excited to share this year's fantastic
programme of ''extraordinary artistic work'', which included
groups and artists such as Richard Hanna, Deborah Eve Rea,
James Nokise, Andrew Clay, Shani Dickins and the girls from
The Dunedin Fringe Festival runs from March 13-23, and will
feature 50 events by more than 200 artists from New Zealand
Mr Smith said there were also several events in this year's
guide which were new to the festival.
A Festival Gala will be held in the Dunedin Town Hall on
March 12, which will give ''tasters'' of the best and most
exciting acts on offer during the Festival.
A caravan has also been acquired by the festival and has been
turned into one of the smallest mobile cinemas in the world,
''It will go to random suburbs around the city, like Mr
Whippy, and show some amazing short films.
''It will be at totally random times and places to engage
people who wouldn't normally come to the Fringe Festival.''
For the first time in the festival's 11-year history, Mr
Smith said online tickets would be discounted in a bid to
encourage advance sales.
''There are no restrictions on who can buy discounted tickets
or how many each person can buy. Dunedin is well known for
being slow to book for shows, and we want to turn that around
by providing a strong incentive for people to get
organised,'' he said.
Mr Cull echoed the plea.
''Don't intend to attend. Plan to attend, because this will
only be maintained with your support.''