March is an exciting time in Wellington for many reasons, the main one being that festival season is in full swing. Art and culture-loving Wellingtonians will be most excited about the annual Fringe Festival, a 23-day event showcasing the best cutting-edge art from around the world, a beloved New Zealand staple that has been around for nearly three decades.
The festival provides a platform for both established and up-and-coming artists practicing in all mediums, from theatre and comedy, to music, performance and visual arts. There are no rigid boxes or rules for the artists to adhere to, but some themes run deep: creativity, spontaneity, and experimentation. If we can expect anything like past years' events, which have included more than a hundred original, ingenious shows and presentations, next year's festival is sure to be a hit.
Already announced on the bill is Russian feminist activist punk rock group PussyRiot who will make an appearance on 12 March. Made up of approximately 11 members, the group is best-known for its large-scale protests, including invading the pitch during the 2018 World Cup Final.
Fringe kicks off in Wellington on 1 March. Tickets and the full program will be available Tuesday, 18 December at 4:30pm. To celebrate the launch, see special performances, and be first to know about the upcoming 2019 shows, head to Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre from 4-7 pm 18 December.