16 Feb 2020

Picking up the reins of the Auckland Fringe

From Standing Room Only, 3:49 pm on 16 February 2020

Taking on the role of Director of Auckland's Fringe Festival just a few weeks out from the opening, is madness.

But it didn't stop Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho from signing on late last year.

After all, his CV already includes being a producer, director, lecturer, actor, singer and suicide prevention and wellbeing advocate.  

Borni is heavily involved in Te Pou Theatre and the Hobson Street Theatre Company that works with Auckland's homeless while also running Atawhai, a two month-long mental health awareness festival.

But, as he tells Lynn Freeman, running the Auckland Fringe Festival brings its own combination of chaos and challenges, including how to stand out from a growing number of festivals in the City of Sails at this time of year:  

The Auckland Fringe Festival opens on the 25th of February.