The Melbourne Fringe Festival work year round helping the artists to develop and promote their work. Evolving over 33 years and now one of Australia's largest multi-artform festivals, they have around 400 plus events performed by some 6000 plus artists in over 160 venues across Melbourne and regional Victoria to a mass audience of over 300,000 people.
It's that time of the year again and this year the festival includes international acts from Lithuania, Israel, Palestine, Taiwan and Indonesia, and runs from 16 September to 4 October 2015. You can buy tickets online or call the ticketing team on (03) 9660 9666 between the hours of 12noon and 6pm. Check the website for wheelchair accessibilty and Special Needs and Companion Card bookings. If you'd like to help nurture a Festival's worth of adventurous new art, become a Fringe Dweller.
A Lady's Guide to Being a Wingman by The Desperettes
For the full program of events, CLICK HERE. There are 10 categories, Cabaret, Kids, Circus, Comedy, Dance, Live Art, Music, Performance, Special Events and Visual Art. The first performance listed under 'Cabaret' was A Lady's Guide to Being a Wingman by The Desperettes. I saw them recently (last month) at The Toff, and they're definitely not a show to be missed. They're not only hilarious running through a variety of scenarios where pick up lines and wingmen are required, not to mention coining some very original phrases. They're amazing vocalists as well. Make sure you check out this talented trio.
Attend the awards night and closing party for free on Sat 3 Oct at 10pm
There are a few freebie events at the festival so make sure you look through the program. The Awards Night and Closing Party is one of them. It'll be at the Fringe Club - Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne and goes from 10pm till late. You can congratulate the winners of the esteemed Melbourne Fringe Awards, celebrate and dance the night away. What a way to end the festival season.
Another of the special events is the Coburg Carnivale. There'll be free performances, music, public art and workshops, not to mention lunch time performances in Victoria Mall from Tuesday to Friday (11.30am 22 to 25 Sep). On the Saturday 26 September, Victoria Mall will come alive as Carnivale takes over.
Coburg Carnivale, bringing music and art to the streets!
Join the Festival's Facebook page for running updates and commentaries to stay informed. Being able to search for events on the website by dates makes it really easy to plan your itinerary. Don't forget to search for 'Uncommon Places' projects, which was commissioned by 24 artists to create works across 18 sites in Melbourne, including Stonnington. This project encourages you to 'look beneath the surface, look between the lines'. It's extraordinary art in ordinary places. The audio installation at North Melbourne's Auction Rooms cafe is a prime example where the chemical components of coffee have been used as the basis of a musical score, 'so you're drinking your coffee while listening to the sound of coffee'. Intrigued? Check out the festival program and enjoy the festivities.