Melbourne Fringe

A unique celebration of artistic expression and cultural diversity, the Melbourne Fringe Festival returns this month to shake up the CBD.

Melbourne Fringe brings together more than 6000 artists performing over 400 events across 160 venues in the most inclusive, out-there, eclectic multi-disciplinary festival in the country. Revelling in the weird and wonderful, the festival facilitates a platform for a diverse range of voices to be heard across all art forms.

The festival kicks off with an impressive display of illumination and sound in Sky Light, a city-scale installation that connects Melbourne’s CBD buildings across the Yarra using beams of laser light. Follow the light as it fades and reappears by the river and connect with various sound stations along the way. The installation will light up the city skyline from dusk until 11pm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18.

The 2016 program is extensive and covers all forms, practices and amalgams of art; including cabaret, circus, dance, music, visual and live art, performance, and words and literature. Events will be held in various venues across the CBD – from gallery spaces to theatres, museums and the city streets.

The Spotlight Stage at Fed Square will be  hosting a variety showcase from 12.30pm on Sunday, September 18 and will feature a range of acts across the Fringe spectrum – a great place to start your festival journey if you’re feeling a little spoilt for choice. And, if the thought of picking sends you into a spin, pay a visit the Festival Fortune Teller at the City Square ticket booth to have your palm read and be set on the path to the event you were destined to see.

The little people in our lives are invited to attend the party too, with a series of family-friendly shows and a new Kids Club, where kids are free to run amok and engage with a series of creative performances.

The interactive musical installation Bellbird at Polyglot Theatre is a delight for both young and old, offering the opportunity to create your own soundtrack as you wander through an enchanted forest of sound with only your senses to guide you.

The youngest attendees are also encouraged to respond to the festival by taking part in the podcast series Kids vs Art, where the critiquing tables are turned and kids will be asked to review shows and interview artists.

Melbourne Fringe calls for risk-taking and stepping out of your comfort zone to see yourself and your city in a new light. Embrace a sense of adventure and prepare to be surprised.

The festival runs from September 15 until October 2. Visit for festival info and to view the 2016 program.

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