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/
Click on the player below for an audio description of this web page.
You can search and filter for all access information on our website to find the events and information that meet your access needs.Search Events Here
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 [email protected].
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
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:
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
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 [email protected].See all Auslan Interpreted Events
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 [email protected].See all Tactile Tours
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 [email protected].
If you need to, you can reach the Ticketing team through the National Relay Service (relayservice.gov.au) at no additional charge.
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 [email protected].
Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all our venues – from public spaces to someone's living room.
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 [email protected].