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


The Festival 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.


The Nelson Fringe has a life of its own, and is growing before our very eyes. In four years we have grown from 15 shows and 6 workshops in our first year in 2015 to 42 shows and 15 workshops in 2018. Because of this growth, we are considering a way to keep our Festival small and quirky and have no intention to get any bigger in 2020! Because of this, we most likely will be instituting a lottery system for shows from now on. Keep an eye out for more news about this! 


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?). Nelson you ROCK!


The Nelson Fringe Festival rocks Nelson and it’s the only place you want to be in August. See you in 2020!

The Refinery ArtSpace, governed by Arts Council Nelson and funded by Nelson City Council - a contemporary community space that aims to stimulate and strengthen the artistic practice of the Nelson Tasman region - is the Nelson Fringe Festival primary venue.

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. 

New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington

Dunedin Fringe Festival

Auckland Fringe Festival

Hamilton Fringe Festival

Fringe in the 'Stings Festival (Hastings)

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Sydney Fringe Festival

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

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

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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Fringe dates: August 2020