And the awards go to...

That’s a wrap on the 2020 Melbourne Fringe Festival. A truly magical, almost miracle, marathon of 262 events and 1,904 performances over 2.5 weeks. Tonight, we celebrated in true 2020 style: with an awards ceremony + closing night party extravaganza livestreamed from our brick-and-mortar home, Fringe Common Rooms. Feat. sparkly jackets and multiple costume changes, obviously. We dished out thirty-eight awards for best in category, artist development, Fringe Furniture, touring opportunities and some special awards too. 

Cheryl Ho’s 落叶归根 (Luò yè guī gēn) Getting Home is one to watch out for, picking up four awards (Best in Theatre, Best Emerging Producer, Best Emerging Writer and the New Zealand Tour Ready Award). Meanwhile, RECKONING “Te Waiata Paihere Wairua – The Sounds of Woven Souls”,  directed by Samuel Gaskin and Michala Banas, won four Artist Development Awards (Best Emerging Indigenous Artist, Emerging Company Incubator Award, Space Cadet Award and the Market Ready Award). A big, exciting time of creative development for the team behind RECKONING ahead!

The Take Over! 2020 artists won big too. Marcus Ian McKenzie’s The Crying Room took Best Experimental, Best Adaptation from Stage to Screen and The Art Unbound award, Karma Dance’s Drishti won Best Dance and Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice, and Namummaa fi Wantoota Namummaa Qancarsan – Humanness and What Took It  won Best Words & Ideas.

You can see the full list of incredible winners here.

Thanks for joining us for a Festival of impossible art, made possible by a bunch of extraordinary humans (and the invention of the internet).


Full list of 2020 Award Winners