FRINGE FESTIVAL: Nelson Fringe Festival director Laura Irish and fringe trust member Madeline Austin at the “bad hatters’ tea party launch” with the festival’s new programmes. The festival will once again be held over ten days from late April Photo: Charles Anderson.

Nelson Fringe Festival gets bigger and better


The Nelson Fringe Festival is promising to wow audiences with more shows, workshops and venues than ever before when it returns at the end of April.

Now in its fourth year, the festival brings performers from around the world to showcase their unique talents for 10 days from April 27.

On Sunday, the programme was officially launched with more than 40 performances across the Refinery Artspace and Ghost Light Theatre.

Festival director Laura Irish says the fringe is going from strength to strength, with it almost doubling in size over two years.

“It just shows how important a festival like this is for our community. It really is a celebration of the arts that sometimes struggle to find a space to be heard. We love giving a place for that kind of performance.”

Laura says it’s an exciting phase for the festival, the programme of which can be pulled out of this week’s edition of the Nelson Weekly.

She wanted to thank all the people who are making it possible, including the organising team and sponsors.

“We really appreciate all the support we get but the best way people can support us is booking tickets to shows or workshops. They are affordable, diverse and wonderful.”

The programme for the fringe can be pulled out of this edition, visited by downloading the Nelson App or by visiting