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The 2023 Festival runs from 3 – 22 October 2023.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is a 3 and half week long celebration of all things independent art! With 450+ events presented annually by Melbourne’s emerging and establish independent artists you’ll find massive public artworks, industry all-stars, undiscovered new talent, and everything in-between.
Right here, on this website. Head to the what’s on page to browse the full program, or give us a call on 03 9660 9666. You can also visit our box office in person from Wednesday 4th October 2023.
Your tickets will have been emailed to the address you used to login. Double check your junk/spam. You can also access your tickets on your account by clicking My Orders and Tickets when you are logged in.
Yes! There are always heaps of quality free events in the Festival program. Check out all this year’s free events here.
We developed a bespoke platform for hosting a wide variety of digital events. Digital Fringe had its first outing at VCR Fest in July-Aug 2020, and then has become a staple of the Melbourne Fringe Festival since 2020. There’s a range of on demand and scheduled events that you can enjoy instead of your nightly 2-hour scroll through the Netflix catalogue. Check out what’s on offer here.
Digital events are either scheduled, meaning they’re only available at the advertised date(s) and time(s) or on demand, meaning you can attend at any time during the advertised date range. You can filter the what’s on page and check event listings to find out what’s what.
Unless otherwise specified events as part of Digital Fringe are viewable from anywhere in the world until the end of the Festival (in AEST).
You will be sent a unique URL and instructions in your E-ticket. You can also access your digital events from your Fringe Account. Smack the button in the top right corner to sign in at any time!
Lucky for you, we’ve got a hold page dedicated to Digital Fringe FAQs. It’s just like this one, but without the other stuff. Head to the Digital Fringe Help page for answers to all your questions.
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 endeavour to make our Fringe-produced and Signature events as accessible as possible, and we’ve also educated our independent artists in the open access program around accessibility through resources, info sessions and one-on-one meetings, and have asked them to provide accurate and up to date accessibility information.
You can filter the program by whether a performance is captioned, Auslan interpreted, audio described, relaxed or sensory friendly, has assistive listening available, has tactile tours available, as well as their level of visual and aural content.
We recognise that the experience of disability and accessibility is diverse and unique to individuals, and that artists and audience members still face barriers to access, and we strive to remove as many of these as we can. We understand that we won’t always get it right, and we always love to receive feedback about how we can improve as well as what we did well.
Click here to learn more about the Festival’s access, including a key of all our access icons.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access Festival, which means that everyone is welcome and anyone can participate.
Registration for the 2023 Festival has now closed. Sign up to our FringeMakers eNews mailing list to stay in the loop for next year!
An Open Access festival means anyone can be a part of it, and all work is presented by the artists or their independent producers.
Yes! Check out the Jobs and Volunteers page for all the information. Volunteer applications for the 2023 Festival will open closer to the Festival.
Each year, Melbourne Fringe offer a range of highly sought-after roles in the independent arts, as well as structured learning opportunities in the form of internships. The majority of our recruitment occurs from June onwards in preparation for the Festival. Opportunities appear on this website in our Jobs and Volunteers section. To be the first to hear about the opportunities we offer, sign up to our eNews.
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