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Round one registrations for the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival are open

If you’ve been iso-dreaming up an event, an exhibition or even a physically distanced arena spectacular, we want to know about it.

We’ve seen creativity flourish over the last few months. Crisis breeds innovation, and not only has the online space exploded with genre-bending projects, but artists are finding new ways to engage their audience in safe, inclusive and exciting ways. As restrictions begin to lift, and we start to imagine what comes next, we’re inviting you to share your vision of the future at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020 – after the hibernation’s over, how do we be better than before?

Emerge into the new world with the Festival that celebrates creativity and diversity in all its glory. Online, in person, or a bit of both, we’re making space for your art – plus you’ll get to enjoy the warm embrace of our artistic community’s giant retractable arms.

Why should I register?

2020’s been a ride – we get it. And Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020 isn’t pretending like things are business as usual.

As we start to piece the world back together, we want to hear from you, our artists. What’s your vision for the future? Amongst all the chaos and uncertainty, we need your big, beautiful ideas about what the future holds.

With the 2020 Festival now happening in November, we’re preparing for whatever comes next, with a focus on minimising risk for you and maximising the potential for creativity. We’ve got a bunch of different ways to help you get your work out into the world, including a new digital platform for events in a physically distanced world, extra support for artists with more microgrants and flexible registration payment plans – plus, as always, you’ve got access to the Fringe Brains Trust, a team of dedicated staff and friends-you-haven’t-met-yet ready and waiting for your emails, phone calls or Zooms.

At a time when community and connectivity seem more important than ever, we’re not backing down from our commitment to diversity, inclusion, freedom of expression, and amplifying voices on the margins. And because Fringe is open access, that means that anyone can register to be part of the Festival.

We can’t guarantee much about the coming times, but we can guarantee that the 2020 Festival will be a special one, a record of and for our times. Come share your vision – we’ll be there every step of the way.

 

Glitter and Snatch, Club Fringe, Melbourne Fringe 2019. Photo by Duncan Jacob.

Key registration dates

There are two key dates to remember for registrations this year (actually, there are about eleven key dates to remember, but these two are pretty important).

1 June – Round one artist regos are now open for Pants Off events

What’s a “Pants Off” event? Art for a physically distanced world, where the audience experience your work from the comfort and safety of their own home. We’ve developed a digital platform that means the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020 can happen online – artists share their work in a central location, and punters get the full Fringe experience (except on the internet… and possibly without pants). Think small, think big, think sideways – from pre-recorded shows to live stream videos, podcasts, radio plays, interactive streams, one-on-one online experiences, digital exhibitions, Zoom parties, online panel discussions, even phone art.

1 July – Round two artist regos for Pants On events open

Pants On events = art that people can experience live and in the flesh. Maybe your “Pants On” event happens on the street, or in a shopfront window, a by-appointment-only gallery space, or even in a physically-distanced venue – wherever it happens, your audience can attend live and in person (pants essential). You won’t be able to register your Pants On event until 1 July, but if you’ve got an idea let’s talk – phone, email, Zoom, whatever (just make sure you’re wearing pants).

Wanna learn more about pants? Read our Guide to Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2020 here.

What do I need to register?

So you’re ready to register your Pants Off event? You’ve read all our resources and you know this website like the back of your hand? Great! You can head over to Eventotron and start your registration!* Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A cracker of an idea – whether it’s just-taking-shape or years-in-the-making.
  • A home for your art – as always (but especially given the circumstances) we’re encouraging you to think outside the box.
  • Dates and times – when is your event going to happen?
  • Ticket prices – ‘free’ is also an option, or for digital events you can allow the audience to “Choose Their Price” (see Do Some Sums for more info)
  • A blurb describing your awesome event – keep it short and sharp. Sell it to your audience!
  • An image that can be used for publicity and marketing – have a look at previous Fringe programs to get an idea of what works

*There are lots of steps involved in registering your event on Eventotron, so put aside a bit of time to have a look through all the questions before you get start. Need help? Call the Participant Services team direct on their working from home hotline 0434 019 817, or flick them an email on artists@melbournefringe.com.au. You can also contact us through the National Relay Service – just give Melbourne Fringe’s digits.