Dunedin Fringe Festival director Paul Smith (left).
The founding director of the Dunedin Fringe Festival
announced his resignation yesterday.
Paul Smith will leave at the end of July, after helping
establish the experimental art festival in 2000.
''The festival is in a good place, so it's a good time to
move on and explore new challenges and new directions,'' Mr
''It's been a huge part of my life - 14 years - but change is
healthy for individuals and for festivals.
''New blood is a good thing.''
Mr Smith will also cease managing the Amped Music Project and
the Pecha Kucha Nights, but will continue to be involved with
the Dunedin Winter Carnival, Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust
chairman Warren Taylor announced yesterday he would also be
standing down, in October, after eight years at the helm.
''The Fringe Festival has evolved to become a major landmark
in the city's annual calendar since its inception in 2000,
but I think a change at the top is healthy and can lead to
new developments and ideas which will be beneficial,'' Mr
Applications will open for the director position on June 2.