The Nelson Fringe Festival is the Top of the South’s quirkiest and only Fringe Festival!

The Nelson Fringe Festival usually runs annually in the first week of May. It is a nine day celebration of fringey theatre awesomeness - with workshops during the day and performances by night. In 2020, despite COVID-19 trying to deter us (twice!), we persevered with an edgy wee programme of shows from around the country with our VIRTUAL FRINGE from the 21 - 25 August! We missed seeing everyone in person but can't wait to see people again when we can. 


Our vision with this festival is to draw the theatre community together to connect, grow, share & celebrate and to bring joy and art to the Nelson community.


Ultimately, we aim to create a space that nurtures artists. To get the most out of Nelson Fringe, we recommend getting involved in as much of the week as you can. You'll get to meet other artists, forge pathways to collaboration, take part in workshops, see amazing theatre and celebrate the adventurous art that is being created at this time. It's a week of inspiration and creative upliftment!


Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in the Nelson Fringe to date. We love our audience, performers, visual artists, volunteers, sponsors, audience, supporters, adopters and audience (did we mention our incredible audience?). This year we are especially grateful to our naming rights sponsor, Bay Landscapes and Garden Centre. Nelson you ROCK!

The Nelson Fringe Festival rocks Nelson and we look forward to sharing it with you again soon.

Fringe, Fringe, Fringe... - Fringe Festivals in Australasia!!!

The Nelson Fringe Festival is part of the growing network of amazing Fringe festivals all over the world. And we have some of the VERY best Fringes right here in Australasia. We fully support the work that these festivals do and the creative risk-taking that they actively encourage. Check out some of the other Fringe Festivals in our neck of the woods. 

Let us know if there are other Fringe Festivals in Australasia and we would love to support them and all other Fringe Festivals!

Nelson Fringe is part of the global network World Fringe. Please like and share their Facebook page to find out about touring and Fringe opportunities -


Also the World Fringe website, holds a wealth of information about Fringe Festivals and resources -

World Fringe twitter - @worldfringenet

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