Action time here for Fringe Festival

The Spectacle Band members (from left) Josh Nicholls (percussion), Perry Goldsmith (bass), Hamish...
The Spectacle Band members (from left) Josh Nicholls (percussion), Perry Goldsmith (bass), Hamish Fyfe (saxophone), Samdrub Dawa (drums), Georgi Hampton (keys) and Chris Miller (tuba) perform a pre-recording session for the Dunedin Fringe Festival yesterday. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Dunedin artists are in the final phases of assembling their shows as the Dunedin Fringe Festival starts today.

Many shows have faced last-minute challenges because of the spread of Covid-19, including the multimedia experience show Spectacle Presents: Disturbance.

Project director Jess Covell said the show had been planned to be an interactive sensory in-person experience, but in the face of cancellation it had to be moved online.

That meant a lot of last-minute changes, including filming the performances to be broadcast on the Fringe website.

The show featured a range of art styles, from live drawing and sculpture to music and sound design.

Those passing by the recording space in Princes St yesterday were able to catch a glimpse of the action as Dunedin bands Hystera and The Spectacle Band filmed their segments behind shop windows.

More filming would be done this evening and the finished product would be released tomorrow, she said.

The festival starts today and will run until March 27.

There will be many events happening around the city, including music, comedy experimental art and more.

Free and online events are also available.


What’s on @ Fringe today

All day: Spontaneous poetry, Angelina Stanton, streets of Otepoti Dunedin.

All day: Adam and Adam Eve and Eve, WhiteBox, 19 George St.

10am-4pm: "Pink", Otago Art Society, Dunedin Railway Station.

10am-4pm: "Depth Defying", Pea Sea Art.

11am-4pm: "FR_ED  TALKS: Wayfinding for Creatives", Fringe HQ, 26 Princes St.

6pm: "The Scottish Kiwi", New Athenaeum Theatre.

6pm: "The Awkward Indian Guy Act", Dog With Two Tails.

6pm: "The Pantybaggers Reading Parlour", Fringe HQ, 26 Princes St.

6.30pm: "Shakespeare in a Onesie", The Swan.

7pm: "Think for yourself", Daniel Mcclymont, Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

7pm: "It’s Time To Grow Up", Havana@The Poolhouse.

7.30pm: "Triathloser", Jack Ansett, New Athenaeum Theatre.

7.30pm: "Sweaters & Friendship", Dog With Two Tails.

8pm: "Shakespeare in a Onesie", The Swan.

8.30pm: "Deep Cuts", Steven Lyons, Havana@The Poolhouse.

9pm: "Bleeding Black", New Athenaeum Theatre.

10pm: Late Night Line Up, Emerson’s Festival Theatre.

Online venue

Maggie Cocco’s Science for Sociopaths.

Inherent Awkwardness.


Rob McLennan, Pool Shark.


Rough Night.

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