The Bay Landscapes 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 but for 2020 we've rescheduled to the 14th - 22nd of August! It is a nine day celebration of fringey theatre awesomeness - with workshops during the day and performances by night. This year, despite Covid-19 trying to deter us, we are persevering with 31 shows and 6 workshops from around the country! We will very much miss our international acts this year but can't wait to see them again in 2021. 


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 the Bay Landscapes 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 Bay Landscapes Nelson Fringe Festival rocks Nelson and it’s the only place you want to be this August. 

Show Venue - The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA)

NCMA is an internationally renowned community hub for all things musical in the Nelson-Tasman region. Their vision is to be New Zealand's most vibrant, innovative and accessible music community. The venue is situated on Nile Street. Find out more about NCMA at

Workshop Venue - Studio One

Studio One is a cozy, multi-use studio nestled just off the main track in the Nelson CBD. It is home to Bonfire Bellydance, Nelson Showgirl Academy and Luna Sparklehoof and during Fringe week it is where all our workshops will be held. Enter Rutherford Mews from Hardy Street via your choice of alleyway between Church and Rutherford Streets.

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

The Bay Landscapes 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!

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World Fringe twitter - @worldfringenet

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