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Tourists and passers-by were stopped in their tracks outside the Dunedin Community Gallery, where performance artists tested the exposure of the new Fringe hub with an impromptu body-painting act.
''It should be a great spot for the Fringe hub. It's so visible and close to the Octagon,'' festival director Paul Smith said.
The hub would provide tickets and information and host a different public performance in the Fringe Fishbowl in the window, from 9am to 5pm each day of the festival.
The festival runs from March 13 to 23.
''We're keen to hear from artists who would like to do something in the Fishbowl and who aren't already part of the festival. Especially those who want to do something a bit different,'' Mr Smith said.
''Whether they're a human, mannequin, or doing a minimalist performance art piece that no-one understands, we want artists to hit us with their ideas. And the more bizarre the better.
''But they have to commit to a whole day and we want to see something developing. It's quite a small space, too, which restricts what you can do.''
Artists have until November 30 to register an act for the Fringe Fishbowl.
More than 200 local, national and international artists will be involved in the innovative and experimental art festival.