Fringe takes its name from the pioneering artists and performers that presented work on the actual physical fringe of a mainstream arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The first ‘fringe’ performers set up their shows on the boundaries with very little in the way of tech – making do with what was available to enable performances to be set up quickly and even take place outside traditional spaces: in doorways, alleys, rooftops, shop-fronts and cafes.

Fringe festivals have a strong ethos of being community-centred, representing how art can be created by anyone, anywhere, and how that art and culture should be accessible to everybody in the community.



 1. I have an idea for a show...what do I do now?

In one word: REGISTER. Don’t hesitate: get that ball rolling and commit to being part of Palmy Fringe. Pinge? Nope, let’s stick to calling it Palmy Fringe...

2. But why?

There’s lots of reasons to get involved and if you are even remotely considering Fringe, you probably know most of them:

- Creating something from scratch can be really fun, not to mention challenging and exhilarating!

- What better time to bust out all those random ideas you have percolating at the back of your brain and do something weird or artistic or just plain fun, just for the sake of it?

- Palmy is full of talented, inspiring, creative, artistic, eccentric, amazingly resourceful people and we want to see what this community can do together!    

There’s one really really good reason to get involved though, and that’s this one:

3. Putting on a show by yourself is really hard. Putting on a show as part of a Fringe festival opens up access to lots of support. 

While Fringe is 100% community-owned (it’s up to you to come up with the content, or there’s no festival) our team of friendly Fringe co-ordinators are here to help you with the organisational stuff. We put on shows as our full-time jobs, so we’re here to act as a helpful hub, making sure you reap the benefits like:

· centralised ticketing under the Fringe umbrella (we’ll sell the tickets for you and manage bookings through our system so you can focus on getting your show up)

· a bigger marketing push: your show gets marketed under the Fringe umbrella, meaning you have our marketing resources behind you as well as your own

· opportunities to network with the arts community

· access to (limited) technical support

· a guaranteed pro venue for your production and a guaranteed minimum number of performances scheduled for you to get your work out into the world.

4. How much does it cost?

The registration fee to be part of Fringe is $50 if you are organising a paid event.

If you want to perform in one of the Fringe managed venues: (Globe, Dark Room, Centrepoint, Regent, Square Edge, Shed 23) there will also be a separate venue hire fee. Venue hire costs will be listed soon.

If you are organising a free or koha event, you will not have to pay the $50 Fringe registration fee but any venue hire fees will still apply.

Please contact us for more info on venue hire pricing.

5. What does the registration fee pay for?

We’re so glad you asked! Your registration fee:

· helps to subsidise the venue hire fee for artists performing in Fringe managed spaces (meaning your initial outlay is LOWER and you’ll potentially make more back on ticket revenue).

· marketing Fringe and all shows under the Fringe banner: via the Fringe website, social media and the official Fringe programme.

· ticketing and admin: we manage the booking and ticketing for shows in Fringe managed venues on your behalf – leaving you free to concentrate on getting your show up and running.

6. What kind of show can I put on for Fringe?

 Maybe you fancy yourself as a stand-up comedian, or you want the world to see your hidden talent for interpretive dance. Maybe you just want to gather strangers together in a room and play dress-ups. If you can dream it, you can do it!

Keep the following in mind though:

· Most Fringe events are timed to last around an hour – keeping your show tight means we can schedule multiple events in succession in a venue, and that audiences can participate in a variety of cool Fringe things in an outing!

· The easier your show is to pack in and out of a space, the better. You’ll be allotted approximately  20 minutes to pack in and 20 minutes to pack out – so keep your tech and set requirements manageable.

7. Do I need to find a venue?

We’ll allocate a venue for you from the available spaces we are managing for Fringe.

On your registration form, you can indicate your preferred venue, if you have one. We will allocate venues based on which space suits your event the best given the information you provide and the other events scheduled, so please don’t be disappointed if you don’t get your preferred choice.

You CAN find your own venue, but we cannot offer booking/ticketing support to venues outside of the listed venues. If you are scheduling a free or koha event, this might be an ideal option for you: but we still want to know what you are planning so we can help promote you!

Check out some of the Fringe managed venue websites below:

Centrepoint Theatre: http://centrepoint.co.nz/

The Dark Room: http://centrepoint.co.nz/the-dark-room/

Square Edge: https://www.communityarts.org.nz/

The Regent on Broadway: http://www.regent.co.nz/whats-on.html

The Globe Theatre: http://www.globetheatre.co.nz/content/whats-0

Shed 23: http://jennifermoss.co.nz/Jennifer_Moss/Shed_23.html

8. Do I need to find a tech? Do I need to provide front of house staff?

Both of these will depend on the venue you are performing in: some venues can provide tech support and have their own front of house staff; some will require you to provide your own.