Be optimistic in these current times, that by hook or by crook, you are going to experience Melbourne Fringe which will be going ahead from 30 September to 17 October 2021. With more than 50 events, it's going to be a tough choice. Fringe is way ahead and has gone ahead and made it a little easier for you by creating a handy bunch of Guides to Fringe.
Whether you're after First Nations Voices Guide to Fringe; Feminist Guide; Deaf & Disabled Arts Guide; Kids Guide and so on, you'll find it all segregated for you. IfFREE is better suited to your wallet, you'll find that too. There are also a fair few Scheduled Digital and Digital on Demand events you can enjoy online.
Look up the good news from Fringe and read the September update here. In a nutshell, they have launched a big and brilliant festival knowing that there was always going to be lots of changes to the program in the current circumstances. They launched with hope and optimism anyway (as you'd expect from Melbourne Fringe) and even though it appears that in-venue events will not go ahead this year, rest assured they are NOT cancelling! They still have so much exciting programming to share with you in any stage of lockdown. Just keep your eye on the prize by checking back on the website.
New shows will be added, rescheduled events will be listed and updates will be added. Some highlights still proceeding at this stage are their stunning documentary and dance film Multiply, audio tours around neighbourhoods, home-delivered virtual reality, a host of brilliant performances on Digital Fringe, and even an opportunity to step outside and view the world from the perspective of a tree. Yup, you can still get Fringey!
The most important sentence you need to remember is that - The Festival is NOT cancelled! So go ahead and check out the impressive program, and watch for its rebirth in other forms via socials. They are all set, ready and prepared to shape-shift and address the COVID-sized elephant in the room, to pull off this Festival! Follow Fringe on Facebook for little pop-up free online events - for instance, recently, on self-care, and conversations on the Fringe. If it's in your wallet/heart to support Fringe, do donate and support the Arts.