Cardiff Fringe Festival

The Guild of Societies presents a week of art, culture, music, drama and fun!

Cardiff Fringe Festival is a week-long celebration of all society activity. It's full of incredible events run by our student-led societies, showcasing their amazing talents.

This year's events include musicals and operas, quizzes and fundraisers and so much more. There really is something for everyone! You can find a list of all the upcoming Fringe Events below.

Cardiff Fringe will be taking place on Monday 2nd - Sunday 15th March. Once again, two of the biggest highlights will be the Go Global, our annual celebration of our Cultural and International Societies, and the Variety Performance, showcasing the amazing talents of our performing Societies.

This Year's Events

Nerd Varsity 2020
17th February midnight - 1st March 11:59pm
Cardiff University Students' Union
Nerd Varsity - Film Making Challenge
17th February 5pm - 6pm
Rooms 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D, 4th Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Film Making Challenge, where you’ll have the chance to learn how to create a short film, and have it showcased at the end of Nerd Varsity to a panel of esteemed judges.
Nerd Varsity - Mario Kart Tournament
17th February 5:30pm - 10pm
Rooms 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D, 4th Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our massive Mario Kart Tournament, where you’ll have the chance to race it out against some of the best Mario Kart players in Wales and beat them at their own game!
Nerd Varsity - Social: Crofts Pub
18th February 6pm - midnight
14-15 Croft Street, CF24 3DZ
Do you have what it takes to unwind with the Nerds? Join us for our calm Social event at Crofts Pub, where the rules of competition are relaxed (but only for one night!)
Nerd Varsity - Werewolf
19th February 1pm - 6pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Werewolf card game, where you’ll strive to be the last man standing as a ravenous beast prowls around.
Nerd Varsity - Naruto Run
19th February 1:15pm - 2pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Naruto Run, where we’ll race it out in 100m sprints (all the while running like Naruto) to find out who is the fastest ninja among us.
Nerd Varsity - Quidditch
19th February 2pm - 4:30pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Quidditch Match, where the most magical of members will fly it out do dodge some bludgers and catch the Snitch!
Nerd Varsity - Dodgeball Tournament
19th February 4:30pm - 6pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Dodgeball Match, where you’ll have to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge your way to the top of the leader board!
Nerd Varsity - Risk Game
20th February 5pm - 11:59pm
Y Plas, 2nd Floor of the Students’ Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Risk game, where you’ll form your own country and try to take over the world!
Nerd Varsity - Smash Bros Tournament
21st February 5pm - 11:58pm
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Smash Bros Tournament, where you can battle it out on a variety of arenas as your favourite character, against people who’ve competed around the world!
Nerd Varsity - Assorted Board Games
22nd February 5pm - 11:58pm
Rooms 4A, 4B, 4C and 4D, 4th Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Board Gaming Day, where you can avoid Exploding Kittens or get crowned as the King of Tokyo.
Nerd Varsity - Movie Fights
24th February 5pm - 9pm
Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre - Main Building
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for Movie Fights, where you can put your debating skills to the test. Who would win: Batman, Superman, or Isabelle from Animal Crossing? State your case and prove (and win) your point!
Nerd Varsity - Capture The Flag
26th February 1pm - 4pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Capture the Flag Contest, where you can sneak through the forest of the Camp Half-Blood maze and take out your rival’s flag in record time.
Nerd Varsity - Lightsaber Battle
26th February 4pm - 6pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Lightsaber Battle, where young padawans will be trained into Jedi to fight against the Dark Side (with actual lightsabers)!
Nerd Varsity - Potion Brewing
27th February 5pm - 7pm
The Lodge, 2nd Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Potion Brewing Class, where our witches and wizards will concoct their most potent (or petrifying) brews for our panel of esteemed judges, to become the Potion Master!
Nerd Varsity - Social: Anime Screening
28th February 6pm - 8pm
Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building
Do you have what it takes to unwind with the Nerds? Join us for our calm Anime Viewing Social event, where we can watch a delightful film, and where the rules of competition are relaxed (but only for one night!)
Nerd Varsity - Social: Real Ale and Cider Festival
28th February 8pm - 10pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Do you have what it takes to unwind with the Nerds? Join us for our as we head to the Real Ale and Cider Festival, where we can quaff beverages like dwarves, and where the rules of competition are relaxed (but only for one night!)
Nerd Varsity - Cosplay Competition
1st March 5pm - 6pm
Y Plas, 2nd Floor of the Students’ Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Cosplay Competition, where you are encouraged to dress in your finest Nerd garb and compete as your favourite character.
Nerd Varsity - Film Making Awards
1st March 6pm - 6:45pm
Y Plas, 2nd Floor of the Students’ Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our Film Making Awards, where you’ll have the chance to showcase your fabulous film creation to a panel of esteemed judges.
Nerd Varsity - Finale Quiz
1st March 7pm - 9pm
Y Plas, 2nd Floor of the Students’ Union
Do you have what it takes to challenge the Nerds? Join us for our fabulous finale event, the ultimate Nerd Quiz! Test your geeky knowledge against the brainiest of foes, and aim to finish as the #1 Nerd!
Fringe Festival Variety Performance 2020
5th March 6pm - 10:30pm
Y Plas
Join us for an evening of music, dance, comedy and more at the annual Variety Performance, showcasing the amazing talents of our Societies!
Go Global
12th March 6:30pm - 10pm
The Great Hall, 1st Floor of the Students' Union
Our annual celebration of culture and diversity at Cardiff University, bought to you by our amazing Societies! Go Global will be taking place on Thursday 12th March in the Great Hall, celebrating the fabulous array of cultures we have in Cardiff.