Volunteering at Fringe

Volunteering at Fringe

Volunteer sign ups for the 2023 NZ Fringe Festival have closed. Keep an eye on this page (and our instagram/facebook) for 2024 sign-ups.

Volunteering with NZ Fringe is great fun; you will meet the team behind the Fringe, be on the ground supporting the delivery of the festival and get the opportunity to see many Fringe productions. 

The Festival runs for 23 days in February/March. Missed this year's Fringe? Creative Capital Arts Trust also produces Classical on Cuba (July-August) and CubaDupa (March 2023) - register your interest for any of these festivals via this form.


All Fringe volunteers will receive a free Fringe Volunteer t-shirt and a Fringe Addict card for reduced entry to shows and discounts at venues. You will also have the chance to book free tickets to shows. You will be able to access our participant services and be invited to exclusive Fringe events such as our awards night and closing night party.


We will get you to fill in a contact information sheet. All NZ Fringe volunteers are required to supply emergency contact information to our office (which will remain confidential) and agree to let us know if they are unable to attend a shift or event they have signed up for. Basically, we need commitment from you to help us make the festival great. 


We will need volunteers to help us throughout the festival (February/March) and we may need a few people to help us in spreading the word in the weeks leading up to the festival.


As of September 2022, all government COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. If circumstances change, we will have measures in place to ensure the safety of our volunteers, artists, staff and audiences, and will update you accordingly. 


Volunteers will help Fringe staff at venues with scanning pre-purchased tickets. You will be assigned to a venue for each shift which may have multiple performances in one evening. You are expected to answer any audience questions and help with ensuring that everything before and after the show runs smoothly.

Fringe Festival also runs several events during the season. Our opening gala, awards night etc all need volunteers in order to make these events happen. The tasks will vary as there are many facets to running an event - you may be host to our guests, help with set up and pack down, prepare food and drink etc.  Specific details for each event will be provided before your shift. 

Here at NZ Fringe we don’t run any of our own venues. If you are specifically looking for venue experience or roles associated with venues such as front of house, box office or technical work please let us know and we will put you in touch directly with some venues that could be a good fit for you. Also feel free to check out our Fringe Classifieds group on Facebook for artists looking for cast and crew for their Fringe events.


Training will be provided for all of the positions and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. You are also welcome to change roles if you feel like one is not a good match for you. Just let us know and we can make the changes. It is important to us that you get the most out of your volunteering experience with us. Most shifts you will be working alongside other volunteers and staff for additional support.


  • Expressions of interest - will open in December 2023
  • Fringe Festival - February/March 2024


Once signed up as an NZ Fringe volunteer you will receive further information on dates and types of events, dates and shift availability for flyering and surveying.

In the meantime if you would like any further information or if you have any questions please contact us via volunteer@fringe.co.nz or phone us in the office on (04) 212 4725.