Interns with the Dunedin Fringe Festival (from left) Lena
Plaksina, Nick Nissen and Brooke Lowry are relishing the
chance to put their business and design skills to work on
the event. Photo by Brenda Harwood
Danish business student Nick Nissen (23) has travelled
halfway around the world to be part of the the Dunedin Fringe
Festival organising team.
Mr Nissen and fellow interns Brooke Lowry (21) and Lena
Plaksina (21) are grasping the opportunity to gain valuable
experience in event organising, marketing and sales, as they
make the most of the festival's ‘‘all hands on deck'' ethos.
Miss Lowry and Miss Plaksina both signed on for the festival
through the Dunedin City Council's ‘‘Sexy Summer Jobs''
Mr Nissen is one of four students now in New Zealand from the
International Business Academy (IBA) in Denmark gaining
experience through working with local businesses. With a
focus on international marketing and sales, he was keen to
work as a marketing assistant in the small team environment
of the Dunedin Fringe Festival.
‘‘Within a small organisation like the festival, I felt I was
more likely to get into more departments and gain a wider
range of experience,'' Mr Nissen said.
‘‘The festival is a completely different event to the music
festivals I have experienced in Denmark and I'm enjoying the
Brooke Lowry, who is working in sales and publicity for the
Dunedin Fringe Festival, has come down from Auckland to study
for a master of business at the University of Otago.
‘‘I wanted to gain some practical experience, and I have
really learned a lot in the past few months,'' Miss Lowry
‘‘We're all getting stuck in and doing what needs to be done.
‘‘And as the festival gets closer, I'm really looking forward
to getting out there on the front line and making it
Events assistant Lena Plaksina completed a degree in
communication design at Otago Polytechnic last year, and is
relishing the opportunity to put those skills to work on
behalf of the festival.
‘‘It's great to be able get to use my skills and do some
in›house design as well,'' Miss Plaksina said.
Dunedin Fringe Festival director Paul Smith said it was great
to have the trio on board.
‘‘It has been really good to have them with us - they are
enthusiastic and full of fresh ideas.''
Volunteers played a vital role in preparations and running
the Dunedin Fringe Festival, with about 60 volunteers
recruited each year to help.
• People interested in volunteering with the Dunedin
Fringe Festival, which runs from March 13 to 23, are welcome
to email volunteer co›ordinator Miriam Noonan at
volunteer@dunedin fringe.org.nz or visit the website