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A festival on the fringe

20 Feb 2019

NZ Fringe Festival season is fast-approaching, and with it, the nail-biting elation-inducing exercise of whittling down oodles of performances and events – close to 700 of them  to one concise must-see shortlist.

While you’re bound to stumble on more than a few of them just by chance – afterall, this is a festival that takes over every available nook and cranny of the greater Wellington region for the best part of March – we’ve made life just a tad easier by highlighting 10 unmissable events that you just have to catch:

Award winners

Sexy Ghost Boy

Wine, dine and divine this comedy carnival with a sultry summoning of the dammed soul known only as sexy ghost boy. Unable to get into heaven because he's too sexy, the sexy ghost boy haunts spots of great romance because limbo is a deciding unsexy place. 

The Boy, George

The Queen has died. The People have spoken. The Monarchy must end - and Prince George is SO not about it. He's 14, insta-famous and would literally rather die than leave the Palace. But a storm is brewing, and The Boy, George is a queer unraveling.

(I)sland T (rap): The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey

A tour-de-force, solo-soul journey mash-up of lyrical and mythical proportions. Through an interwoven narrative of live music, poetry, and animal characterisations, Black Ulysses is empowered to discover his true artistic home where his raps can effortlessly flow.


Garry Star Performs Everything

Disgraced actor Garry Starr defies his critics by performing every genre of theatre possible, thus saving the performing arts from its inevitable extinction. Starr tears through styles with little regard for personal safety and even less regard for art.


Sweaty Pits - Pity Party

It's comedy, it’s burlesque, it's slap stick, it's's harder than they thought. A sketch show for those who question what they are doing with their lives and then do it anyway. Sweaty Pits - Pity Party won the 'New Zealand Tour Ready Award' at the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival and has been nominated for 'Best Comedy' at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Free and family-friendly

Chalk The Walk

Chalk the Walk is an opportunity for the whole whānau to get amongst the Fringe Festival! Head to Taranaki Street Wharf to chalk up a storm and express your creativity on the pavement. Chalk provided.

The Nectar Garden

The Nectar Garden is Wellington’s sweetest new pop-up Fringe venue, located at 11 Hutchinson Road. Explore the exceptional programme of world-class shows, immersive VR experiences, interactive art installations, and grab a drink from the bar or some kai from the city's favourite food trucks. 

Newtown Festival

Don't miss the chance to experience New Zealand’s biggest free music festival and street fair, right in the heart of Newtown. There'll be music. There'll be dance. There'll be buskers, circus performers, market stalls, food vendors and so much more to keep the whole family entertained (and exhausted by day's end). 


Dive head-first into an immersive street celebration of extraordinary arts and culture. CubaDupa showcases more than 250 curated performances over two exciting days and brings together artists from local, national and global stages, for the Capital's biggest  weekend-long party.

Wellington International Pride Parade

Pencil 16 March into your diary and experience a visual extravaganza of music, marching and dance to celebrate the acceptance of diversity in New Zealand. Check out the performance stage on Courtenay Place, featuring live performances by Orchestra Wellington, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Te Auaha and more.

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New Zealand Fringe Festival

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