From September 14 until October 1, the city will be taken over by independent artists, theatre-makers, comedians, dancers and risk-takers. Best of all, this bold and gloriously messy celebration of independent art is packed with free events, so catching top-notch shows can cost you nothing.
Free Melbourne Fringe Festival highlights include Pivot, a participatory public art project, which invites you to play on sculptural seesaws in Fed Square; and the Children’s Party, the nation's first kid-led political party. Award-winning Melbourne ensemble Rawcus – comprised of artists with and without disability – will transform QV Square into a stadium and ‘perform’ Fanaticus: a game of basketball, complete with half-time entertainment.
If you want to get down after dark there's also a bunch of free parties at the Fringe Club. You can kick things off at the Arty Farty Opening Party hosted by cabaret diva Geraldine Quinn with DJ Whiskey Houston, while queer theatre collective Little Ones will pay tribute to the late, fabulous and great George Michael at Faith.
For families, there's plenty of free fun to be had at over at the Kids Club, located for the first time at ArtPlay in Birrarung Marr. Highlights include Starting School, a dance party by Finishing School's founder Andrew McClelland, and Express Yourself, a feminist party for kids.