Melbourne Fringe Festival

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For two and a half weeks in September, Melbourne becomes a hub of independent theatre, comedy, live art, visual art and left-field events

Every year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival makes jaws drop and eyes widen across the city with their out-there line-up of theatre, comedy, art, music and events. This is Melbourne at its weirdest and one of the best ways to get a feel for the city's cultural underbelly. 

Past events have included a series of interactive seesaws with Siri-like intergration, drag shows, a Shania Twain a capella choir and an amateur water ballet dedicated to periods. The festival also routinely books big name comedians, including Arj Barker and Sammy J.

This is just scratching the surface – there's more than 400 events each year across roughly 160 venues in and around Melbourne. For the full program, visit the website. And remember: this is your opportunity to take risks on bold new works. Jump in, and enjoy the ride.

RECOMMENDED: Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

By: Time Out editors

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