What is the New Zealand Fringe Festival?

The New Zealand Fringe Festival, based in Wellington and held every year in late February/early March, is a community based open-access festival providing the most concentrated mix of new talent across all arts forms in Wellington.

Our point of difference from other festivals is that the Fringe Festival is completely open to anyone wishing to stage an original piece of art in any artform – there are no limits or constraints and Fringe encourages participants to take a creative and artistic risk. They pick to be part of the Fringe Festival rather than us picking them, and anyone who registers a show with Fringe and pays the registration fee has an automatic place in the Fringe programme. The Fringe organisation is there to help the participants be the best that they can be under the auspices of the brand’s umbrella, and the marketing and media “pull’ and street “cred” that this provides.

Fringe is about grass-roots arts and culture and about emerging, developing talent, and for more than 20 years the New Zealand Fringe Festival has been providing a stage for cutting-edge creative endeavors, delivering on our legacy of being a catalyst for new and original homegrown arts and entertainment.

Fringe is recognised as a unique launch pad for the arts in New Zealand, and from Flight of the Conchords to Fuse Circus, Jo Randerson to Eli Kent, and Strike Percussion to Footnote Dance, the Fringe has played a significant role in helping emerging artists to achieve bigger and brighter things, both within New Zealand and on the international stage.

How do I get involved?

Fringe is an open-access festival, meaning that anyone at all can put on an event. Registrations are now closed for Fringe 2014, but start planning your event for 2015! The registration process is all done online through our website so make sure to check back for more details about Fringe 2015.

What is CCAT?

The Creative Capital Arts Trust (CCAT) is an umbrella organisation which has been established in order to facilitate the delivery of key arts events in Wellington and create a reliable resource for the emerging arts sector in Wellington.

CCAT aims to provide a professional and sustainable body delivering fresh and vibrant arts events supported by a variety of funders and engaging a wide range of audiences, both locally and internationally. The initial mandate of the CCAT will be to sustain and build the Cuba St Carnival and Fringe Festivals, providing a solid structure on which these two events can flourish, while at the same time building capability to produce other arts and creative events as the organisation grows.

The CCAT Board is comprised of a mix of skilled professionals with expertise in finance, recruitment, legal, public relations, advocacy and fundraising. They are:

* Tim Brown – Chair of the CCAT, Executive with Infratil’s Management

* Nick Simcock - previous Chair of the Cuba St Carnival Collective Trust, Managing Director of Korn/Ferry Futurestep.

* Miranda Clayton – previous Chair of the Fringe Arts Trust, consultant for Busby Ramshaw Grice.

* Nigel Moody – previous trustee with the Cuba St Carnival Collective Trust, Commercial Lawyer-Partner at Gibson Sheat.

* Philippa Bowron – previous trustee with the Fringe Arts Trust, Senior Strategy Advisor at Welllington City Council.

The CCAT has received start-up funding from both the Wellington City Council and Creative New Zealand. This has enabled the Board to engage a full-time Project Manager, Emma Giesen, to lead the establishment of the organisation. Emma has a strong background in working with non-profit organisations, both in New Zealand and abroad, and brings extensive experience and expertise in fundraising and project and event management. If you would like further information on the CCAT please contact Emma on 021 688 953 or by email on emma@ccat.org.nz