Introducing Pulse, a program of bold and urgent performance works.

Zaffé by Stéphanie Ghajar & Collaborators. Image by Ayman Kaake.

Melbourne Fringe is thrilled to announce the suite of trailblazing contemporary artists leading Pulse, a new program showcasing the creative risk-taking and fierce ambition of independent makers at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Pulse elevates the work of 10 independent artists and collectives in a carefully curated program of events. It will showcase bold and ambitious artmaking, challenging and entertaining audiences, provoking discussion and pushing boundaries of their artforms.

“Melbourne Fringe is full of incredible artists taking bold risks, and the Pulse program showcases ten works from leading independent artists and collectives,” says Creative Director and CEO Simon Abrahams. “Pulse is about ambitious artmaking and – with Casus, Joel Bray, Betty Grumble, The Rabble and more – we’ll see artists at the top of their game delivering game-changing art for Fringe audiences.”

Happening across the city and online, the works in Pulse speak to the vibrancy and diversity of art forms represented at Melbourne Fringe. The events range from an immersive queer art-party to a Broadway classic performed with a football team; from radical rock-n-roll performance art to a Middle Eastern wedding ritual, a thrilling new work of circus and sculpture, and a contemporary dance work performed (and viewed) inside a pool.

Check out the full Pulse program now. 


The Pulse program is proudly supported by the Pulse Giving Circle and the following partners: