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Dunedin Fringe Festival 2020
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The Dunedin Fringe Festival returns to more than 40 venues around the city to celebrate 20 years in 2020! 

That’s 20 years of tearing up the rule book, crossing the beams, rocking the Casbah and celebrating Fringe at the mighty metropolis that is: Dunedin!

Since 2000, the world’s southernmost Fringe has trail-blazed new, high-quality, experimental and just plain fabulous arts and artists.

National and international talent of the highest calibre flock to this local celebration of the arts, providing something for all Dunedinites to dive into. Take the plunge: you never know where you might land. 

The line-up is fresh, innovative, and diverse. Familiar categories combine with unexpected twists, some inventing their own genre. Stalwarts of comedy and theatre join eclectic musical acts, interactive dance performances, and vibrant art installations - and that’s just a few examples from over 80 acts to sample.

The 2020 Festival takes place from March 19 -- 29 kicked off in style by the hugely popular Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase on March 18. And for the first time, we’re bringing Fringe to the Octagon with a fun-filled family-friendly street party on Saturday March 21 which falls on International Race Relations Day. 

This big birthday bash will showcase a smorgasbord of Fringe performances, and performance and gourmet offerings from the many diverse community groups that call Ōtepoti home, thanks to a partnership with the Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council.

The Emersons Festival Club will also be open for the duration of the festival, providing a hub to socialise and enjoy a curated selection of Fringe acts. 

Come and celebrate with us, as we kick up our heels and toast 20 years of Fringe Fever in Dunedin!  Check out for the online programme.