The last New Zealand Fringe Festival ended with a question mark over its head about whether it would continue. It did, it rocked, and it will continue.
Now Fringe 2010 has ended with a glorious bag with the naming of the best of all there is in 2010 and a new inductee for the Fringe Hall of Fame.
The New Zealand Fringe Festival held its Award and Closing Night Party on March 7 at the Paramount Theatre, blowing out the candles on its 20th Birthday festival celebrations.
Fourteen awards were announced to celebrate the best on show at Fringe 2010, and a new member of the Fringe Hall of Fame was honoured.
In 2009, Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords were inducted. The was hosted by Derek Flores and Vinyl Burns from talk show The Chit Chat Lounge and featured entertainment from this year's crop of Fringe participants, including The Crimson Club and Galaxia.
In the spirit of the best sporting adage, Fringe 2010 producer Zelda Edwards said this year's festival was a triumph in the face of adversity.
"This year was a battle that was fought hard and fought long," she said, " but we all are proud to have put on the best festival in the twenty years of Fringe.
"The Fringe is a festival that embraces and encourages the leading edge of arts and entertainment and despite the question marks that hung over this year’s event we're beyond happy with how things turned out.
"We feel that in 2010 that the city really embraced the Fringe, from our opening day with the glorious Running of the Fringe right through to the end. We have to say thanks with all our heart to our supporters, the Wellington City Council and everyone who has not only put on a Fringe show but seen one as well.
"The Fringe is an essential part of New Zealand's arts and culture, providing an opportunity for so many voices to be heard. Long may it continue," she said. An announcement to the Fringe Festival's future will be made in due course.
Fringe 2010 Award winners
(winners in bold)