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Thursday September 3, 2015

Fringe Festival accepting registrations

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THE BEST OF FRINGE: The New Zealand Fringe Festival has opened for registrations so expect a lot more of this creativity in 2016. Pictured: Jess Bates PHOTO: Supplied

The New Zealand 2016 Fringe Festival has opened for registrations. The festival is set for February 12 to March 5 all across the Wellington region is calling for registrations for shows and events via their website before October 8. For three weeks during February and March, this annual openaccess arts festival features over 1,000 artists from around the country and the world, “including world premieres, new artists and established companies with original, cutting edge art.” Each year the programme carries 100 events staged all over the city from venues, homes, galleries, cafes, bars, street corners, parks and more. The festival is calling for anyone or any group wishing to

present work in any art form to register their interest to be part of this annual celebration of art and culture. Event organisers saying there are no limits, no constraints. They are happy to accept audio, podcast, busking, cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, improvisation, music, physical theatre, poetry, puppetry, spoken word, and storytelling, and theatre, visual and digital art. The Fringe in Wellington open-access non-programmed festival of the arts has been a constant on the arts landscape for 25 years, “This in itself is testament to the fine culture this city supports and to the original and exciting works local artists are continually creating.”  Register your event and join the creative chaos that is the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2016 on

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NEW LIFE: Joe Serevi was standing in the middle of a cannabis field one day when he decided to turn his life around. PHOTO: Emma Morgan

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