Katie Boyle performs to the crowd as Pat Goldsacks during the Nelson Fringe Festival. Photo: Olivia Spink.

Fringe Festival takes a break


On the back of its most successful year ever, the Nelson Fringe Festival team has decided to cancel its next event after missing out on much needed funding.

The festival, which has been running for four years, sees national, international and local acts put on affordable performances, which would struggle to otherwise be seen in Nelson.

Last year it saw 1500 attendees at 42 performances across 10 days.

However, the chair of Nelson Fringe Arts Charitable Trust, Daniel Allan, says that it is important to run the festival in a financially responsible way.

“The festival relies heavily on grants and donations, that’s one way we can keep it accessible.”

The team recently missed out on a large grant that would have guaranteed its return. But Dan says it is important to have funding so that the Fringe team and the artists were valued for their important contributions to the community.

“We can’t be sure this is possible for 2019,” Dan says. “The festival needs to be properly resourced. By taking a break in 2019 we can use the time to build our resources and run a great Fringe again in 2020.”

Dan says the charitable trust allows all donations through its Givealittle page and is interested in speaking with anyone who might want to sponsor the event in the future.

This year’s festival was hosted by the Refinery Artspace and Ghost Light Theatre, and was funded by Creative New Zealand and the Rata Foundation with the support of local businesses.

Meanwhile, the team is running a survey to get the community’s opinions about the future of the Nelson Fringe.

Visit https://www.nelson fringe.co.nz/ for more information.