Fringe Festival a ‘must do’ event

Emma Geisen

The New Zealand Fringe Festival has been listed on international travel magazine National Geographic’s website as one of the world’s top 10 ‘must do’ events to attend in February 2014.

”There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in February 2014,” National Geographic reported on its website this week.

The magazine described the Wellington based festival, to be held from February 7-March 2, as “a launch pad for new talent by accepting anyone who has the audacity to perform in front of an audience”.

The Fringe has been listed alongside Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Italy’s The Carnival of Venice and India’s Khala Ghoda Arts Festival.

The magazine advised travellers to Wellington to “take the plunge yourself, if you dare, or simply discover the next big thing”.

Fringe Festival spokeswoman Emma Giesen said the magazine’s decision to include the Wellington event on a top 10 international list was a great boost to the organisers.

”It’s a lovely surprise for us to be put on such a list. We’re stoked about it,” she said.The festival begins next week and will feature 700 events throughout February until the first week of March.  
Listed alongside the Fringe Festival as the other nine ‘amazing events on tap all over the world’ in February 2014 were:

 – The Carnival of Venice in the Italian ‘City of Masks’

– The 10th-ever Festival sur le Niger in Ségou, Mali

– Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan

– South Carolina’s Gullah festivities

– Mumbai, India for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

– The Maslenitsa Festival in Moscow

– Brussels, Belgium for the Affordable Art Fair

– The 36th annual Winterlude, in Ottawa, Canada and

– Puno, Peru for the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria. 

– © Fairfax NZ News

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