All festival events are at the Bay of Plenty lawns, North beach, and are free of charge. There is a tent for rainy days, so come down whatever the weather!
The 2019 programme and performance details are below.
Friday 18 January, from 17:00:
Join us for an hour of strange and unusual happenings to kick off the festival. A taste of the weekend to come.
Sunday 20 January and Sunday 21 January: 07:00 – 08:00
Join us at 07:00 to salute the sun! An easy open yoga class for all ages and all levels. Bring your own yoga mat or towel to sit on.
Free, open dance classes
Saturday 19 January: 08:00 – 09:00: DanceXercise
Sunday 20 January: 08:00 – 09:00: Zumba class
No matter how many left feet you have – join us for a fun, free class to get the year started on the right foot (or the left one).
Sunday 20 January and Sunday 21 January: 09:00 onwards
On Saturday join in with Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble for a workshop on creating art out of waste. Join Gerard O for a masterclass in street performance on Sunday: whether you are an aspiring actor, comedian or just want to entertain yourself – come and explore the mad world of this acclaimed Dutch performer for an hour. Free of charge. All day every day, add your wisest bit of advice from your favourite song in our open art exhibition: Advice from Songs. Inspired by Swiss Artist Marcus Kraft and his work – PopMusicWisdom.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:00
Thought-provoking, uncomfortable, yet beautiful to watch. Concept and performance by Doung Anwar Jahangeer.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:20
A simple act with 7 chairs and 7 actors who expect that something will happen. Presented by Ithubalabasha Arts.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 13:40
Dutch street comedian, Gerard Olthaar has performed at festivals around the world. Back at Fresha for the third time, anything can happen!
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:00
Sizwe Hlope presents an outstanding work exploring the ties that bind and ropes / umbilical cords / railway pathways / roots.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:30
On the pitch and off the pitch. Women versus men – the eternal game of courtship without the usual rules. Umlazi Arts Academy.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 14:40
When politicians promise rain on Fridays, no more dying, and more love for all; who can we trust? Who do we vote for? 034 Drama.
The Thing about Wolves
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:00
A delightful collaboration between puppeteers from the Handspring Puppet company and the Mahlekahlathini Mask and Puppet Players.
Cats and the Curse
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:20
When two boys are cursed and turned into cats, they have to fight to win the heart of a beautiful girl. Zamokhukhanya Productions.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 15:40
Sibo Masondo delights kids and adults alike with his gently observed comedy and perfectly timed mime.
Old skool vs new skool
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:00
Award-winning choreographer Jarryd Watson and his dance troupe from the Wenthworth Arts Organisation present all the tricks and kicks of street dance.
Love is stronger
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:20
In a society where we can be killed for who we love, maybe love can be stronger than death.
Saturday 19 January and Sunday 20 January at 16:40
The amazing entertainers from Innov8 gym wow us way up above the ground.
Sundowner Showcases – Live Music
Join us for live music on the Bay of Plenty lawns to dance and watch the sun go down.
The South Jersey Pompoms
Saturday 19 January at 17:00
Sassy and sharp, slightly Burlesque and joyously off-kilter; these happy rebels bring you their catchy tunes performed in German, French, Italian, English and Spanglish.
Zulu Blue and La Canta Rosa
Sunday 20 January at 17:00
An awesome collaboration between a wonderful Afro-blues outfit and an opera quartet. Think Busi Mhlongo with a touch of Puccini and a little bit of Miriam Makeba!