Melbourne Fringe is moving to Trades Hall – right in the heart of Melbourne – and we are bringing together the energy of Melbourne's independent artists to open a brand-new, year-round venue. People have been making art and coming together to make big things happen at Trades Hall since the 1870s, and from November, we are opening a venue (we'll announce the name soon) in the Old Ballroom with a ripper program of art, DJ parties and well, more art. This is going to be your new home for one-off gigs. We're not making a year-round Fringe Festival (can you imagine?), so save your theatre and dance shows for Festival time and bring to us anything else you think the world needs to hear during the other 49 weeks of the year.
We want you, our artists, to bring it. If you have an idea for an event taking place between November 2019 and March 2020, then we want to hear from you. We love art in all of its forms, so if you are interested in holding a one-off gig, cabaret, comedy or music performance, workshop, rehearsal, book launch, talk, film screening, masterclass, yoga class or cooking class (minus the cooking bit), fill out the expression of interest form below to get in touch. With a capacity of around 200 people and a commercial bar to boot, come and help us launch Melbourne's newest live venue.
Our venue is wheelchair accessible (including lift access to the stage) and has a hearing loop, and we want it to be welcome to everyone. We encourage work by First Nations artists, artists who are Deaf or with disability and other voices from the margins. We want to see as much female-led and gender non-binary led work as possible.