Festival Info


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Melbourne Fringe is committed to access and inclusion for all people. We believe in the Social Model of Disability, where disability is caused by a society and environment with physical, attitudinal, communication and social barriers. It’s our responsibility to create a Festival that reduces these barriers to enable full participation by all people.

We run a range of programs and initiatives that aim to reduce barriers and support our artists to deliver accessible events. Each year, we build on our work in this area to achieve better outcomes for our artists and audiences and a more inclusive Festival for everyone.

Click  here for accessible shows – https://melbournefringe.com.au/accessible-guides-to-fringe/

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You can search and filter for all access information on our website to find the events and information that meet your access needs.

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Accessible Festival Guide Format

Need accessible versions of event descriptions?  We got ’em. Give us a buzz on 03 9660 9600, using the National Relay Service 13 36 77 if required, or email info@melbournefringe.com.au.

Below is a PDF version of the program guide. The text can be read with a screen reader through a web browser, or by downloading it and turning the ‘Read Out Loud’ function on within Adobe.

Image descriptions have been created as Sticky Notes in the Adobe PDF document. You can hover over each sticky note (a yellow icon with a white speech bubble) to read the text.

Large Text Program
Physical Access

Melbourne Fringe happens in independently-run spaces all over this fine city. Accessibility varies from venue to venue. To make sure you get what you need:

  1. Check the event listings on the website. If an event shows this wheelchair symbol, then the venue has told us that they are wheelchair accessible. More access instructions can be found in the ‘Accessibility’ section below the venue details on each event page. Please check with individual venues about parking. Please make sure you tell us about your access requirements when booking your tickets.
  2. If the wheelchair symbol is not shown, access may be partial. We encourage you to call the venue directly to check whether they can provide you with the access you need.
See all Wheelchair Accessible Events
Trades Hall Access

Our new home, Trades Hall, is complete with building upgrades to make the complex accessible through the Lygon Street entrance, with DDA compliant and gender-neutral bathrooms and lift access inside.

Trades Hall Access and Transport Info
Auslan Interpreting

Where this symbol is displayed, one or more sessions will be Auslan interpreted. Check the ‘Accessibility’ section on each event page for dates of Auslan interpreted sessions.

If you would like more information, please email boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au.

See all Auslan Interpreted Events
Assistive Listening

Where this symbol is displayed, hearing loops or assistive listening systems are available at the venue for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. These systems transmit sound from the event directly through a person’s hearing aid or through a set of headphones provided by the venue. We recommend you contact the venue directly for further information or assistance.

See all Assistive Listening Events
Audio Description

This service enhances the live event experience for people who are blind or have low vision. An audio describer uses a small transmitter to describe what is happening in an event or how something looks at an exhibition. People using this service use a personal listening device enabling them to experience the event from anywhere in the space. Check the ‘Accessibility’ section on each event page for dates of audio described performances.

See all Audio Described Events
Relaxed Performance

These performances are open to everyone but have been specifically designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for people who would benefit from a more relaxed environment – this could include people with autism, sensory sensitivities and/or learning disabilities, as well as those living with anxiety or who have experienced trauma. Check the ‘Accessibility’ section on each event page for dates of relaxed performances.

See all Relaxed Performances
Captioned Performance

For these performances, captions are displayed on a screen enabling the audience to read what is being said. Open Captioning is always in view and cannot be turned off. Closed Captioning can be activated or deactivated by the viewer. Check the ‘Accessibility’ section on each event page for dates of captioned performances.

See all Captioned Performances
Language no Barrier

This symbol indicates that audiences can understand and engage with the event without a comprehensive understanding of the English language.

See all Language no Barrier Events
Visual Ratings

If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, or if English isn’t your primary spoken language, this three-tiered rating system will help you decide if an event is suitable for you.

  • Visual Rating 100% – these events contain no music or dialogue
  • Visual Rating 75% – these events may be fully subtitled or have minimal dialogue and have some background music or sounds.
  • Visual Rating 50% – these events are partly subtitled or include dialogue and have background music or sounds.
See all Events with 100% Visual Rating
Tactile Tours

Free audio described tactile tours are on offer for Fringe Furniture and some other events in the Festival Program. Contact our ticketing team for dates and booking info – 03 9660 9666 or boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au.

See all Tactile Tours
Booking Tickets

Booking tickets is easy. You can book your tickets on our website at melbournefringe.com.au or by calling Ticketing on 03 9660 9666. You can discuss any specific access needs by calling Ticketing on 03 9660 9666 or emailing boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au.

If you need to, you can reach the Ticketing team through the National Relay Service (relayservice.gov.au) at no additional charge.

  • TTY users: phone 13 36 77 then ask for 03 9660 9666
  • Speak and Listen users: phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9660 9666
  • Internet relay users: connect to the NRS (internet-relay.nrscall.gov.au) then type in 03 9660 9666
Companion & Carer Cards

If you have a Companion Card, you qualify for a second ticket (free!) to bring along a companion. If you have a Carer Card, you qualify for a concession-priced ticket. To book, please call Ticketing on 03 9660 9666 or email boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au.


Guide Dogs and Service Animals

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all our venues – from public spaces to someone’s living room.

Accessibility Partner

Arts Access Victoria (AAV) is Melbourne Fringe’s accessibility partner. AAV is dedicated to an ambitious agenda of social and artistic transformation for people with disability, the communities in which they live and the arts sector in which they aspire to participate without barriers. For more information, visit artsaccess.com.au.

The Department of Human Services have a great guide on how to navigate websites using a keyboard, as well as how to change your font size, style and colour, depending on which browser you use.

Some performances have strobe or flash lights. We have asked artists to advise of these on their show listings online, and at the door of the venue. If you are sensitive to light, we encourage you to take precaution when seeing these shows.

Melbourne Fringe makes every effort to ensure that our accessibility information is correct. Please get in touch with us if you spot a mistake, or if you have any suggestions or feedback, call us on 03 9660 9600 or email info@melbournefringe.com.au.