About Us


Auckland Fringe is a feistily independent open-access arts festival which runs in Auckland for a summery three weeks kicking off late Feb. Open to anyone who wants to be involved (unless you’re doing something illegal!) Fringe is all about inclusivity, celebration of otherness and having a dang good time.

From main-stage to floating theatres, dancing with cats to dental hygiene talks (and more!) Fringe is here to showcase the best of Auckland’s incredible arts scene, as well as a bunch of international goodness. And 35% of the events are free or koha - so it won’t even break the bank!

In 2017, Auckland Fringe is activating 45 spaces and hosting 106 separate events shaking their tail feathers for 21 days straight. In fact, Auckland Fringe 2017 promises to be one of the biggest fringe’s Auckland has seen!

Join us in painting the town fluro orange from 21st February - 12th March. Full programme available at www.aucklandfringe.co.nz




Auckland Fringe Director | Lydia Zanetti

Auckland Fringe director Lydia Zanetti with alt designer Zoe Ikin Photo: Monster Valley

Auckland Fringe director Lydia Zanetti with alt designer Zoe Ikin
Photo: Monster Valley

Lydia Zanetti is an Auckland based producer, publicist, choreographer, production manager and arts advocate. She runs her own productions company Zanetti Productions and is the director of Auckland Fringe festival.

In 2016, she has worked as a producer at Auckland Live, Production Manager for the Undisciplining Dance Symposium, Venue Manager of the Festival Garden for the Auckland Arts Festival 2016, Producer for Show Pony’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme as well as producing three highly successful seasons - Rose Matafeo’s Finally Dead; KIKI feat. Victor Rodger’s PUZZY and Michael Parmenter’s Insolent River: a tango.

In 2015, she was honoured to be chosen as the Producer in Residence at the Basement Theatre and was awarded a place on the Momentum programme to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Prior to that she has worked as a publicist for Elephant Publicity and Artistic Director of Short + Sweet Dance.


Auckland Fringe Trust | Board

The Auckland Fringe Trust is made up of John Brockies (Executive Director, Broadspectrum), Craig Cooper (Director, Christchurch Arts Festival) and Sally Barnett (Director, Arts Management).