As An Artist

Venue Expressions of Interest

Please note that this list of venues is in no way exhaustive, they’re just the venues who are running a formal EOI process. For the full list of available venues for Fringe check out the Venue Browser in our registration system Eventotron.

Major Venues

This year there are some amazing Major Venues presenting a large program of events during Fringe. These Major Venues will be a hive of Fringe-y activity during the Festival, with multiple performance spaces, a large number of shows, and a fun festival vibe.


Circus, Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, Kids
Gasworks Arts Park offer the largest South-Side hub for Melbourne Fringe with 3 different performance spaces. A fully equipped 192 seat black box theatre with circus rigging, 60 seat studio theatre and a 30 seat shared gallery space suitable for intimate performances. All performance spaces come with full technical support and backstage facilities.

The Butterfly Club

Cabaret, Comedy, Theatre, Music
The Butterfly Club is a popular inner-city venue for cabaret, comedy or other music-centric works. Intimate performance spaces, a great bar and iconic feel.




The Melba & Beyond

Circus, Dance, Comedy, Music, Theatre, Magic, Roving
Circus Oz will program shows across 3 venues in Collingwood, including the Melba Spiegeltent and 2 smaller venues. They’re looking for works that reflect their values of community, diversity, humanity and hilarity.

Deadline 10 May

Wonderland Spiegeltent

Circus, Cabaret, Comedy, Music, Kids
The Wonderland Spiegeltent will make Federation Square its home during the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Perfect for big circus, cabaret or music acts, and kids shows during the school holidays.

Deadline 3 May

Established Venues

In addition to the Major Venues, there are a HEAP of other brilliant venues around Melbourne looking to host Fringe events.

Abbotsford Convent

Site specific, Dance, Theatre, Live Art
The Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) presents contemporary arts and cultural work across all art forms. A varied array of non-traditional indoor and outdoor spaces.

Deadline 22 May

Alex Theatre

Theatre, Cabaret, Comedy, Music
Alex Theatre is an professional theatre venue in St Kilda with two large theatres as well as a few more intimate, flexible spaces.

Deadline 13 May (12PM)

Bluestone Church Arts Space

Dance, Theatre, Cabaret, Comedy, Music
The venue is suitable for small-scale performances including comedy, cabaret, live music, dance, theatre or similar, and will become home to a range of quality programming during Melbourne Fringe Festival again in 2019.

Deadline 15 May

Chapel Off Chapel

Cabaret, Theatre, Comedy, Dance

The City of Stonnington’s iconic venue for the arts. A versatile 150-seat blackbox theatre offering strong marketing support and reduced hire rates for the Melbourne Fringe Festival season.

Club Voltaire

Stand-up, Theatre, Comedy, Music, Cabaret, Visual Art
Club Voltaire is a grassroots venue in North Melbourne with a performance space upstairs.

Coopers Inn

Stand Up, Sketch, Improv, Podcast, Cabaret
A great pub just around the corner from the Fringe Hub, looking to program multiple comedy shows during the Festival.

Critical Mass

Theatre, Experimental, Dance, Visual Art, Music, Talks
Critical Mass is a joint venture between three venues, seeking ambitious, experimental and critical art.
Brunswick Mechanics Institute is best suited to live art, theatre and dance with flexible 112-seat black box theatre and 50 seater studio.
Blak Dot Gallery is a contemporary First Nations art gallery hosting visual art and adjoining performance.
Siteworks is best suited to critical talks, workshops, meetings and providing spaces to develop work.


Comedy, Storytelling, Sketch, Improv, Performance

Crowded are seeking Expressions of Interest from producers and performers interested in performing in their pop-up venues, likely including Crowded In The Vaults (next to Pilgrim Bar), Globe Alley (Formerly Belleville) and Campari House. All spaces have basic sound and light rigs and all performance slots offered are 50 minutes.


Performance, Theatre, Dance, Live Art
YOUR PLATFORM is a Darebin Arts Speakeasy opportunity for artists living with disability to present a work at Northcote Town Hall during the 2019 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Deadline 5 May


Dance, Movement, Physical Theatre, Theatre
Dancehouse is Australia’s premier centre for independent dance. They have a focus on developing challenging, invigorating and socially engaged dance and movement-based work.

Deadline 14 May

Hare Hole (Hares & Hyenas)

Queer, Cabaret, Comedy, Theatre, Storytelling
Intimate yet flexible space with small stage and some lighting/sound support. Within a queer bookstore with strong provision for mobility access.



Horse Bazaar

Music, Events, Performance, Experimental
The only Japanese owned bar, restaurant, and music venue in Melbourne. Perfect for events involving Audiovisual elements.

MC Showroom

Theatre, Cabaret, Comedy, Music
The MC Showroom is open to a wide range of work, and offers a semi-blackbox theatre with a large stage and multi-level rostra seating.

Meat Market

Circus, Music, Theatre, Dance

Meat Market are offering their two historic pavilion spaces at reduced hire rates, providing two or more events share the space. Large, versatile spaces with aerial rigging and good technical capabilities.

Deadline 24 May

Moonee Valley Libraries

Visual Arts, Workshops, Performance, Live Art
Moonee Valley City Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from visual or performing artists to create opportunities for community engagement and participation and to activate community spaces around the Niddrie, Moonee Ponds and Avondale Heights neighbourhoods. Venue hire is free.

Rattlesnake Saloon & Universal Restaurant

Cabaret, Comedy, Performance, Music, Story Telling, Clown
Two pop-up performance spaces just minutes from the Fringe Hub, run by Camp Conscious Collective. Rattlesnake Saloon is in the back room of an eclectic Carlton bar and seats 70 cabaret style (capacity can go over 100 if desired) and the team is also transforming the function room at Universal Restaurant into a cute 50-seater. They have a programming focus on queer, femme and female-identifying artists and work that experiments with form and content, but encourage applications from all types of artists.


Comedy, Theatre, Stortytelling, Magic
A fairy tale themed bar in the CBD, with a 52-seat performance space upstairs.


Theatre, Performance, Live Art, Dance
Theatre Works is a creative centre and venue in the heart of St. Kilda focused on providing a flexible, friendly, technically equipped, well-maintained and financially viable theatre space supportive of emerging artists. Medium sized theatre; raked seating, end-on black box.

Deadline 6 May

The Espy

Music, Events, Live Art, Storytelling, Performance
Espy Arts are interested in shows from artists across all disciplines. Live and experiential shows work well, and progressive ideas that respond to the site are of particular interest.

The Motley Bauhaus

Theatre, Storytelling, Comedy, Music
A flexible 25-seat black box theatre in Fitzroy North, offering reduced hire rates during Fringe.

The Space Dance and Arts Centre (Skydeck)

Theatre, Comedy, Events, Performance, Dance
Performance space in Prahran. The Skydeck is a brand new 450 square mtr open space that can turn into a 150 seat theatre. Looking for shows for Frday, Saturday and Sunday nights only.

Deadline 10 May

TIC: Swanston

Comedy, Improv, Theatre, Sketch
A new 60-seat performance space on Swanston St, run by The Improv Conspiracy Theatre.