Festival info

Melbourne Fringe Awards

Best in Category Awards

Best Cabaret

Best Circus

Best Comedy

Best Dance & Physical Theatre

Best Kids Event

Best Live Art

Best Music

Best Performance

Best Visual Arts

Best Words and Ideas


Special Awards

Melbourne Fringe Living Legend Award

Spirit of the Fringe

Venue of the Year

Best Emerging Artist
Supported by Quealy Winemakers


Bank Australia People’s Choice Award
Fringe Furniture Awards


Banyule Design for Circular Economy Award
Supported by Banyule City Council

Best Student Design
Supported by Tongue and Groove

The Handsome & Co. Finely Crafted Award 
Supported by Handsome & Co.

Emerging Designer Award
Supported by Craft

Production Ready Award
Supported by Like Butter

Rakumba Award for Lighting Innovation
Supported by Rakumba

Tait Award for Design Innovation
Supported by Tait

The Games We Play Award
Supported by the Abbotsford Convent

Award for Most Experimental Design
Supported by Melbourne Fringe

Touring Awards

The New Zealand Tour Ready Award 
Supported by New Zealand Fringe

The NSW Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Sydney Fringe

The QLD Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Brisbane Comedy Festival

The SA Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Adelaide Fringe

The Summerhall Award 
Supported by Summerhall, Edinburgh

The WA Tour Ready Award 
Supported by FRINGE WORLD Festival

Artist Development Awards

Access and Inclusion Award 
Supported by Arts Access Victoria

Best Emerging Circus Performer 
Supported by Theatre Network Australia‘s CaPT Initiative

Best Emerging Indigenous Artist
Supported by Wilin Centre (VCA & MCM)

Best Emerging Performance Ensemble
Supported by Theatre Network Australia

Best Emerging Producer
Supported by MILKE

Best Emerging Artist or Curator
Supported by SEVENTH Gallery

Best Emerging Writer
Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival

Evolution Award 
Supported by Arts House

Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice
Supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria

Market Ready Award
Supported by Regional Arts Victoria

Original New Circus
Supported by Circus Oz

Queer Development and Mentorship Award
Supported by Midsumma Festival

The Discovery Award
Supported by Melbourne Festival