Participate in the Festival

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Find a Venue

Where’s your event going to happen? Fringe is proudly open access which means anyone can register an event… as long as they have somewhere to do it! There are plenty of options, and they don’t start and end with “black box theatre”.

Take part in one of four ways:

 

1. Be part of the Festival Hub at Trades Hall

Applications for the Festival Hub are now closed for 2021.

Is your event light on infrastructure, but big on bold ideas? Are you looking for a centrally-located, reasonably-priced, professionally-run venue with a winning vibe? Look no further – the Festival Hub at Trades Hall is back in business.

At Festival time, Melbourne Fringe spreads its wings throughout Trades Hall, utilising not just our year-round venue Fringe Common Rooms but also filling rooms, halls, chambers and cupboards with A-grade tech and excellent art. There are plenty of options from 30 to 200 seats, from one-nighters to long seasons, and any genre under the sun is welcome.

 

2. Be Part of an Established Venue

Melbourne is brimming with super venues that put together impressive programs of events just for Melbourne Fringe. Some operate year-round, some just pop up for the Festival, some are artform-specific (programming cabaret or circus or comedy) and other times they’re a lucky dip of Fringe goodness. Either way, presenting at one of our Established Venues guarantees you’re playing alongside other Fringe artists in a space with serious Fringey vibes.

For some of these spaces, programming is by application only – you can find their Expression of Interest forms here.

No dice? No worries. You can find plenty more potential art-homes in our registration system, Eventotron. Start your registration and then search and filter the Venue Browser to your heart’s content.

See all EOI Forms

 

3. DIY Show, BYO venue

You can go your own way… Think outside the box to create your own special venue. Art can pop up in pool halls and pizza shops, bars and broom cupboards, on street corners, in empty shopfronts, on a tram… Maybe check with us before you choose ‘tram’, though.

Details need to be confirmed by the registration closing date Friday 9 July, and you’ll need to register your venue in Eventotron.

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4. Digital Fringe

Our bespoke digital platform is back. Digital Fringe allows you to get your pre-recorded shows, live events and other digital content to us so we can host, promote and sell tickets to your work online. It can host all kinds of work, from pre-recorded and live-streamed content directly embedded into the platform, to providing a framework for audiences to access and pay for other digital events that rely on third party software such as Zoom. Whether you’re out of town, or you prefer your art online, put on a digital show this Fringe. Think of it as your very own cyberspace venue.

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Contact Us

If you need help finding a venue or are considering applying for the Festival Hub, call our Participant Services team on (03) 9660 9600 or flick us an email on artists@melbournefringe.com.au 

You can also contact us through the National Relay Service – just give Melbourne Fringe’s digits.