Melbourne Fringe Festival returns next month with its biggest program ever

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Melbourne Fringe Festival returns next month with its biggest program ever

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Words by Kate Streader

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2021 will go ahead regardless of lockdowns.

Melbourne Fringe will return from Thursday September 30 until Sunday October 17 with the biggest program in the festival’s history.

Over ten per cent of this year’s events will be presented online, while the rest of the program is able to be delivered digitally if restrictions prevent the festival from hosting physical crowds.

What you need to know

  • Melbourne Fringe 2021 is happening from Thursday September 30 until Sunday October 17
  • Over ten per cent of the festival will be presented digitally
  • This year’s program is the festival’s biggest yet, featuring over 470 events

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Held in unexpected places including small bookshops, street corners and bedrooms, as well as more conventional venues such as theatres, bars and galleries, Melbourne Fringe 2021 will host over 450 open-access artist events, as well as large scale public artworks, design exhibitions, concerts, films and more.

This year’s Melbourne Fringe theme is ‘Make Some Noise’ which will be interpreted through theatre, dance, music, visual arts, circus, cabaret and experimental arts, taking place online and in person.

Tackling everything from climate change and community to identity and protest, the program has something for everyone.

Melbourne Fringe 2021 will feature the likes of a giant playable musical instrument from leading Melbourne musician, Matthias Schack-Arnott; a VR Taiwanese art party at Loop Project Space & Bar; an avant garde furniture exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s extraordinary independent and emerging designers; a giant cardboard wonderland; and so much more.

“Victoria’s independent artists have proven themselves to be perhaps the most resilient and innovative in the world,” says Melbourne Fringe Creative Director & CEO, Simon Abrahams.

“At a time when artists are working under such extreme circumstances, it is extraordinary to see the community galvanise to create a Festival that is innovative, wild and celebratory. The need for Melbourne Fringe’s work has never been greater and I know audiences need this Festival now more than ever,” said Abrahams.

Melbourne Fringe is happening from Thursday September 30 – Sunday October 17. Visit the festival website for the full program and more information.