Festival team Laura Irish, Stu Dalton and Debbie Brooks are looking forward to the fringe. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Fringe set to liven up Nelson

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The Nelson Fringe Festival kicks off on Friday with dozens of artists set to shake up the city with more than 40 shows over 10 days.

Festival director Laura Irish says the idea behind the festival is to bring local, national and international acts to the city that showcase a variety of different shows.

“The word ‘fringe’ can be intimidating to people but really, in the programme, we have something for everyone. It’s only $12 a ticket so it’s really accessible and affordable – come along and try it.”

The festival runs from April 27 – May 6 across two venues – the Refinery Artspace on Halifax St and Ghost Light Theatre at 146 Bridge St.

“That’s just a reflection of the growth of the festival and how Nelson has really embraced it. You can no longer complain that there is nothing going on in town. This is a great reason for a night out.”

She says that, if you plan it right, you can watch five shows in one evening.

“But that might be a little intense.”

Marketing manager Stu Dalton says there are artists coming from all over the world and New Zealand – all who have heard about the festival’s reputation and are keen to bring their skills to the city.

“Some shows have already sold out and others are well on their way.”

He says it’s going to be an exciting week with something going on every evening and well into the night with the festival’s dedicated ‘Fringe Bar’ – Bamboo Tiger on Bridge St.

The programme can be found online at www.nelsonfringe.co.nz or by downloading the Nelson App.