Festival info


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.

Our mates at Description Victoria have compiled a guide for all Fringe events that are audio described here. 

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 this website. Venues who have informed us that they are wheelchair accessible will have this wheelchair symbol next to their event details. More access instructions are available in the ‘Accessibility’ section below the venue details on each event page. Please check with individual venues about parking. You can also search and filter for this information on the what’s on page or by clicking on the button below.
  2. If the wheelchair symbol is not shown access may be limited, we still recommend you call the venue directly to check whether they can provide you with the access you need.
See all Wheelchair Accessible Events
Auslan Interpreting

Where this symbol is displayed, one or more sessions will be Auslan interpreted. Check the ‘Accessible Performances’ section on each event page for dates of Auslan interpreted performances. If you’d like to book tickets to an Auslan interpreted event 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 the sound from the performance directly through a person’s hearing aid or 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 theatre or film experience for people who are blind or have low vision. An audio describer uses a small transmitter to describe what is happening in a performance or film or how something looks at an exhibition, such as a painting or sculpture. People using this service use a personal listening device enabling them to sit in most parts of any theatre and fully participate in the performance, exhibition or event. Check the ‘Accessibility’ section of 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 patrons with learning disabilities and/or sensory and communication difficulties and anyone who would benefit from a relaxed environment. 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 (OC) is always in view and cannot be turned off. Closed Captioning (CC) can be activated or deactivated by the viewer. Check the ‘Accessible Performances’ section on each event page for dates of captioned performances.

See all Captioned Performances
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 through this website and discuss any specific access needs by emailing boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au.

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

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 team Ticketing on 03 9660 9666 or email boxoffice@melbournefringe.com.au


Accessibility Partner

Arts Access Victoria (AAV) is Melbourne Fringe’s accessibility partner. Led by people with disability, AAV provides access services including training in disability awareness, disability action planning and a range of consultancy services; resources, mentorships, advice and information services. 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

Guide dogs

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all our venues – from public venues to someone’s living room. More info can be found here.