Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards

Melbourne Fringe Festival Awards 2018

Best in Category Awards

Best Cabaret
Creatures of the Deep
Jude Perl: I Have A Face

Best Circus
Casting Off

Best Comedy
Bob Franklin – Yours Sincerely

Best Dance & Physical Theatre

Best Kids Event

Best Live Art
Listening by Hand

Best Music
Polito x Visual Display

Best Performance
Bighouse Dreaming

Best Visual Arts

Best Words and Ideas
Floating Key Present: Reclaiming the Naming


Special Awards

Melbourne Fringe Living Legend Award
Susie Dee

For more information on Suzie and a list of previous recipients, please see here.

Spirit of the Fringe

Venue of the Year
The Melba

Best Emerging Artist
Supported by Quealy Winemakers
Lou Wall’s Drag Race


Bank Australia People’s Choice Award

Baby Bi Bi Bi

Fringe Furniture Awards

Cheng-yue Jia – Origami Lounger

Banyule Design for Circular Economy Award
Supported by Banyule City Council
Kristen Wang – Re.Bean: coffee Stool

Best Student Design
Supported by Tongue and Groove
Kayla Lim – The Bend

The Handsome & Co. Finely Crafted Award 
Supported by Handsome & Co.
Artesan Design – Symmetrical Assymetry

Emerging Designer Award
Supported by Craft
Kayla Lim – The Bend & Olas Design – GH Bike Rack

Production Ready Award
Supported by Like Butter
Darcy Zelenko – good Chair

Rakumba Award for Lighting Innovation
Supported by Rakumba
The Arrest – Keystone

Tait Award for Design Innovation
Supported by Tait
Nood Co – Iva Side Table

The Games We Play Award
Supported by the Abbotsford Convent
Eamon Riley – Bar-code

Award for Most Experimental Design
Supported by Melbourne Fringe
Figgoscope Curates – The ToTems

Touring Awards

The New Zealand Tour Ready Award 
Supported by New Zealand Fringe
The Boy, George

The NSW Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Sydney Fringe

The QLD Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Brisbane Comedy Festival
10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew

The SA Tour Ready Award 
Supported by Adelaide Fringe

The Summerhall Award 
Supported by Summerhall, Edinburgh
My Best Dead Friend

The WA Tour Ready Award 
Supported by FRINGE WORLD Festival
Cam Venn – Charles Horse Lays an Egg

Artist Development Awards

Access and Inclusion Award 
Supported by Arts Access Victoria
Have you tried yoga?

Best Emerging Circus Performer 
Supported by Theatre Network Australia‘s CaPT Initiative
Harley Mann – Social Staples

Best Emerging Indigenous Artist
Supported by Wilin Centre (VCA & MCM)
Declan Furber Gillick – Bighouse Dreaming

Best Emerging Performance Ensemble
Supported by Theatre Network Australia

Best Emerging Producer
Supported by MILKE
Tom Backhaus – Dazza and Keif Go Viral

Best Emerging Artist or Curator
Supported by SEVENTH Gallery
Kelly Yoon – Colliding Borders: Multiple Senses of Belonging

Best Emerging Writer
Supported by Emerging Writers’ Festival
Madeleine Kerr & Karla Livingstone Pardy – OPHELIA/MACHINE

Evolution Award 
Supported by Arts House
wani Le Frere – Jana: Memoirs of a future past

Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice
Supported by Multicultural Arts Victoria
Coburg Carnivale: nomnomnom

Market Ready Award
Supported by Regional Arts Victoria

Original New Circus
Supported by Circus Oz
Skye Gellmann – End Grain

Queer Development and Mentorship Award
Supported by Midsumma Festival
Erin Pattison, Samantha Andrew & Annabel Larcombe – Baby Bi Bi Bi

The Discovery Award
Supported by Melbourne Festival
Declan Furber Gillick – Bighouse Dreaming