Step inside Fringe Town at Auckland Fringe 2019

Auckland Fringe 2019 are turning Auckland Town Hall into Fringe Town and here's everything you can expect.

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In a kaleidoscope of creativity, Auckland Fringe is back for 2019 and for the occasion they’re renaming the Auckland Town Hall – Fringe Town.

Across five spectacular days, Fringe Town will play host to some of the most exciting events Auckland Fringe has to offer. With a programme featuring Russian provocateurs Pussy Riot, dance by multi-award-winning Movement of the Human, an all-ages K-Pop Party and much more, Fringe Town is the place to be to truly embrace the extraordinary this February.

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

Russian protest collective Pussy Riot have been one of the most important voices of protest in the last decade. Coming to international attention when three members, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were imprisoned for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for their performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Pussy Riot has become synonymous with rebellion and freedom of expression. The accompanying piece to Alyokhina’s memoir Riot Days, the touring performance Pussy Riot: Riot Days merges punk, electronica, theatre, documentary footage, and protest.

Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall – Friday 22 February, 8pm

Long Distance Phone Calls

In an evening of poetry, Long Distance Phone Calls will remind us of the oratory ability to collapse physical space. Programmed by Vanessa Crofskey and MC’d by Grace Taylor (Full Broken Bloom, Afakasi Speaks), the show features some of Auckland’s best writers including Manu Vaea (FAFSWAG), Kyla Dela Cruz (Mouth:Tongue:Teeth), Stevie Davis-Tana (South Auckland Poet’s Collective), and Phodiso Dintwe (Rising Voices).

Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall – Tuesday 19 February, 7pm

Movement of the Human

Malia Johnston, Eden Mulholland & Rowan Pierce, the creators of Meremere and the multi-award winning Auckland Fringe hit Rushes, will bring together artists from across Aotearoa to present a series of events in an extraordinary programme combination of dance, music and light. This four-day event is part party, part gig, and it’s not to be missed.

Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber – Thursday 21-Sunday 24 February, 7pm (plus 2pm on Saturday and Sunday)


Fresh Movement brings the stories of the Pacific to life in this thrilling dance theatre work. Māui is a piece that uses dance, music and physical theatre to tell the stories that we grew up with and have travelled throughout the Pacific for hundreds of years.

Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber – Saturday 23 February, 5pm

K-Pop Party

Curated by Rina Chae – who’s danced with Beyoncé and Justin Bieber and choreographed for AOA, Cosmic Girls, SF9 and Monsta X – and featuring Street Candee, 603, and Jua, this all-ages dance party will feature the hottest K-pop on rotation, special guest performances, games, and a chance to show off your best moves. If you’re really feeling in the spirit, come dressed up as your favourite K-pop star, or get your friends together and come as your fave group. 

Auckland Town Hall, Great Hall – Saturday 23 February, 8pm

Fringe Town will take over Auckland Town Hall from Tuesday 19 February until Sunday 24 February, as part of Auckland Fringe 2019. Tickets are available via