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Auckland’s Live Fringe Town Is Returning In February For Its Summer 2021 Edition

By Jack Saddler

Perfect summer days out.

Auckland Live Fringe Town is returning for its 2021 edition.

It’s due to take over the town hall from February 15-21, boasting a cluster of artistic talent to show off. [Featured Image: Fringe Town].

This years event is headlined by Maimoa, winners of the Best Māori Artist of the Year in 2020 and reaching number two in the New Zealand charts with their debut single “Wairua”. They’ll play a set of their irresistible pop for two-hours on Saturday, February 20.

Maimoa follow previous Fringe Town headliners and punk protesters Pussy Riot in 2019, and thrash trio Alien Weaponry in 2020.

Other acts in this year’s edition include Barrier Ninja, a play about hauora created by Fran Kewene; a solo autobiographical show named Sorry For Your Loss by Cian Parker; as well as performances from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Stand Up Stand Out (SUSO), a competition in which the “musicians of tomorrow” winners will take to the stage.

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Everybody Eats, a pay-as-you-feel charity, are also hosting an event in which they aim to feed over 1000 in the Auckland town hall. They’ll be recruiting some of Auckland’s top chefs to cook for the occasion, which takes place on February 21.

Fringe Town programmer Anders Falstie-Jensen said: “The Auckland Fringe Festival is all about artists taking risks and doing things they haven’t done before.

“Auckland Live’s Fringe Town has handpicked all these performers because we want to support them by giving them the best possible stage to perform on, and I can’t think of a cooler place than the Auckland Town Hall!

“For the week of Fringe Town, audiences will a get a chance to directly participate or simply experience great performances. Hopefully some of them will also lead to bragging rights in the future like ‘yeah, I saw THAT at Fringe Town back in 2021!”

You can view a schedule of events for Auckland Live Fringe 2021 here.

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