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Melbourne Fringe Festival - Overview

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
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Living Life on the Fringe
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is set to rock Melbourne from 17 September to 9 October 2014. This is going to be huge, with over 400 events, featuring more than 5000 artists, occurring during the 19 days of the Festival.

Melbourne Fringe Festival
Hold Close - one of the Festival events


Appearing in the Festival will be a range of emerging and established artists. You can expect to see such favourites as Arj Barker, Rod Quantock, Finucane & Smith, and Die Roten Punkte.

Fincane & Smith
The always inappropriate Finucane & Smith


North Melbourne is Festival Central, with the Fringe Hub offering 60 shows in 10 venues. However, events are occurring in a range of venues across Melbourne. You will find comedy, music, theatre, dance, circus and visual art amongst the Festival offerings. There really is something for everyone! For the full 2014 program, click here.

The Festival also features Uncommon Places, which focuses on the third place - the place where people meet to converse and socialise, outside of their work and home environments. Ten emerging artists have been commissioned to create visionary site-specific works in ten locations across the City of Melbourne, including Pelligrini's, Cinema Nova and the City Baths. These 10 artists will also be giving talks at the Common Room, a temporary third place in City Square. You can find more details about these talks, and a map of artwork locations here.

Uncommon Places
Uncommon Places


Fringe Film, featuring Australia's best emerging digital screen artists, will be showcased in a dynamic program of short films, animation and video art. This will be playing nightly between 18th September and 5th October, at Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

The Fringe Club offers a place to kick up your heels after seeing your Fringe event. Don't miss the opening night party, at the North Melbourne Town Hall from 9.00pm on Friday 19th September. Free admission.

Fringe Club
The Fringe Club - a place to chill out or dance the night away


So these are just a few of the events you can expect to see at the Fringe Festival. It's an extremely rich program which is too extensive to cover in one article! Tickets are available online, via an app on your phone, at the door (subject to availability), or on the ticketing hotline (03) 9660 9666 (midday to 6.00pm). For more information about purchasing tickets, click here.

Note that many of the events are free. Check individual event listings for details.
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Why? There's something for everyone! Comedy, dance, art, circus to name a few.
When: Various times between 17th September to 5th October.
Phone: (03) 9660 9666
Where: Various locations around Melbourne, see program for details.
Cost: Various costs, some events free. Check program for details.
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