Wide range of perspectives

Diverse team . . . The Fringe Festival team (from left) volunteer co-ordinator Natasha Lau, operations manager Andy Meldrum, administrator Katrina Thomson, director Gareth McMillan, events manager Dallas Synnott, artist liaison Toma Juceviciute and publicist Ingrid Leary look at some event posters for next month's festival. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A team of people from around the world is working to bring the Dunedin Fringe Festival to life.

The team features Toma Juceviciute, of Lithuania, Andy Meldrum, of Edinburgh, Natasha Lau, of Singapore, Dallas Synnott, originally from Ireland and based in Dunedin, and new marketing co-ordinator Amy Owens, of Wales.

Mr Meldrum was fresh from working at a festival in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, and has years of experience working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

He was working to create a street party in the Dunedin festival, featuring “short snippets” of fringe performances. The aim was to make the festival more accessible.

“It’s about taking that fringe spirit outdoors in the Octagon and having it all happen at once,” Mr Meldrum said.

He enjoyed working at fringe festivals because they attracted interesting events and people.

Fringe publicist Ingrid Leary hoped the street party could become an annual event.

The festival was about diversity, inclusion and celebrating difference, she said.

Having a range of different perspectives helped to produce a creative 11 days of events, she said.

“So it’s really fitting that the team that is bringing the fringe is that diverse as well.”