The 40th anniversary of the Melbourne Fringe Festival is kicking off with a bang this October with a massive block party and parade.
Melbourne’s Fringe Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary in October with a massive block party and the return of the historic Fringe Parade. The return and reimagination of the iconic parade, funded through a $9.8 million state government package, is hoped to supercharge Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds with thousands of visitors.
The Melbourne Fringe Parade and Lygon Street Block Party will feature music, dance, and creative floats taking over the streets of Carlton – following decades of the original Fringe Parade Brunswick Street.
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A special collaboration between Fed Square, Koorie Heritage Trust, ACMI and the NGV will see the launch of AR.Trail, Melbourne’s largest, free augmented reality art trail. Running from 18 August to 30 September, the public can roam the venues to discover 22 digital artworks including a number of commissions by Australian artists.
Literary luminaries will headline Wheeler Centre events, while Sidney Myer Music Bowl will host live performances over summer. Melbourne Museum will sparkle with DJs, dinosaurs and after-dark exhibition experiences.
Melbourne’s iconic cultural venues will be alight with projections, immersive installations, screenings and audio-visual tours, while up-sized editions of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Midsumma, Melbourne Writers Festival and more will fill the city with more laughs, tunes and fuel for the mind and soul.
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“Thanks to this support, we are thrilled to bring the Melbourne Fringe Parade back for our 40thanniversary alongside our largest Festival ever. We invite anyone who believes in the centrality of creativity in our culture to join us,” Melbourne Fringe CEO Simon Abrahams said.
“We know Melbourne’s expanded events calendar is turbocharging the city’s recovery, and we’re delighted to partner with the Victorian Government to give Melburnians and visitors even more reason to visit our great city,” acting Lord Mayor Nicholas Reece added.
To be part of the Melbourne Fringe Parade, visit the Fringe Festival website here.