Buckle in for a galaxy of gigs

Dai Henwood. Photo: Getty Images
Dai Henwood. Photo: Getty Images
With a busy calendar ahead of us this Fringe, we will have to master the precise art of packing as much in as possible.

There are 91 events over the next 10 days, up from 72 last year, and this festival is stuffed with a whole lot of diversity.

Firstly, it's funny.

We have three Billy T Award winners in Dai Henwood, Guy Williams and David Correos, as well as the unique stylings of comedians such as Sarah Harpur and Johanna Cosgrove.

It's cultural.

The St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool, usually only breached by the occasional sea lion, will be transformed into a Maori dance experience with Elemental.

It's feminist.

Louise Beuvink will show us her modern guide to etiquette in Ladylike, Maddie May will offer a more raunchy version of womanhood in How to be a Stripper and some men will even get on board in The Respecting Women Tour.

It's Queer.

Traditional ideas of gender and sexual orientation are mere guidelines this year, as apparent in the performance art of self-described genderqueer Ren Lunicke, as well in the separate shows of Chris Parker and Eli Matthewson from podcast The Male Gayz.

It's international.

From far-away London, Charmian Hughes' will uplift us in Bra Trek and New York's Neil Thornton will share his latest gags.

It's also the slightest bit
gangsta.

The live graffiti battle, On the Fringes of Society, will showcase Dunedin's often overlooked hip-hop scene.

Finally, and for some most importantly, it's cheap.

Recently I walked through the flat of some radical millennials who had a poster on their wall saying ''if it isn't accessible to the poor, it isn't art''.

Luckily for those bright-eyed scamps, one of the greatest aspects of our egalitarian festival is prices hover around $10 to $15.

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