Hamilton’s Fringe Festival this year is the biggest Fringe Festival ever. Over 300 local artists, performers and directors are presenting a riotous smorgasbord of art events which started on the 22nd September and end on the 2nd October so you need to get in quick. New and emerging talent steps up into the limelight alongside established artists in this annual celebration of our regions enviable creative abundance.
The Hamilton Fringe Festival focuses on encouraging original and explorative expression, Visual art, comedy, film, theatre, music, dance and poetry are all featured, so there is something for everyone.
York Street Studios (a place I used to hang out at in the 1980s when it was Mandrill Studios.) presents ‘York Street Studio Band Experiments which is a ‘battle of the bands’ format music competition with a twist. The event features bands of many different styles, and it has gained a solid reputation within New Zealand for choosing bands that have moved on to great success. Previous contenders include Cornerstone Roots, Katchafire, Sora Shima, Dick Dynamite & the Doppelgangers and Knights of the Dub Table. The final night of this is at Flow Bar on Friday the 30th September at 9.00pm.
Another event not to be missed is the Glamilton Hurley Burley Burlesque Show, which is on Friday the 30th Sept and Saturday the 1st October starting at 10.00pm at the Meteor Theatre.
Bombshell Burlesque & Burlesque Divas present to you Through the Keyhole Pretty Peepshow. Originally from the late 1800s, burlesque has once again shimmied its way into popular culture. Geared toward the adult crowd this burlesque spectacle involves, cheeky comedy, vaudeville fun, glamorous costumes, sassy routines, and a hint of tease. The lovely Miss Betsy Rose Lee, who is also the Crowning Miss Burlesque NZ 2011 headlines the show. $25 presale, $30 limited door sales or $40 VIP table (6 to a table – includes glass of bubbly and cupcake. Sorry no door sales on VIP tables) Please note this is an R18 show.
All in all the Fringe festival has many delectable delights and there are oh so many that I can’t list them all here, so here is the link to their fabulous site programme page, the designs which were created by one of our clients Leighton Davies. http://hamiltonfringe.co.nz/categories/programme/