Fringe director thrilled with festival

Removing signs from the front of the Festival Club in George St yesterday  are (from left)...
Removing signs from the front of the Festival Club in George St yesterday are (from left) Dunedin Fringe Festival director Josh Thomas and volunteers Hannah Sharples, Olivia Andrews and Rowan Newton. Photo: Christine O'Connor

The Dunedin Fringe Festival is over for another year and has been a success, director Josh Thomas says.

Mr Thomas said he was ‘‘thrilled'' with the 11-day festival this year.

The Opening Night Showcase at the Regent Theatre on March 3 attracted a record audience of 1100 people.

‘‘We are very proud of the event and we hope to continue growing it.''

The festival had 55 shows this year, 34% more than last year.

Of those shows, 27% were free and 40% had ticket prices of $15 or less, he said.

A highlight was the Festival Club in the Community Gallery next to the Festival HQ in George St.

The ‘‘hugely successful'' club had an environment where the audience and artists - international, national and local - could hang out and exchange ideas.

‘‘So, local artists get inspired by visiting artists and vice-versa,'' Mr Thomas said.

He expected the club to return next year if funding applications for the 2017 festival were approved.

This year, performers from Dunedin and elsewhere in New Zealand were given a share of a $26,000 Creative NZ grant to bring 29 events to the festival, he said.

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