If there was ever a time that us Melburnians needed a healthy dose of comedy, music, dance and theatre to lift our spirits, it’s right now. Thankfully, the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival is returning in 2021 with the largest program in the event’s history.
From September 30 to October 17, more than 2,500 performers will creating chaos, magic and thought-provoking fun at venues right across the city – or in your home. Following on from the success and increased accessibility of last year’s Digital Fringe, the platform will again be hosting a number of engaging digital events that you can enjoy from the comfort of your lounge room.
The key theme for the festival this year is ‘Make Some Noise’, so prepare for things to get a little loud. Voices will be raised, screams will be heard and music will be pumping – that’s a Fringe promise.
Trades Hall will once more act as the Festival Hub, and the epicentre for much of the action. The Deadly Fringe program is also back, and features a talented line-up of First Nations artists and performers. And to celebrate 35 years of the festival’s avante-garde furniture exhibition, Fringe Furniture has evolved to become Design Fringe – a new space to celebrate designers and the weird, wacky and totally impractical works they produce. It will be on display at Linden New Art and the Victorian Pride Centre.
Other highlights include Groundswell, a large-scale participatory experience and giant playable musical instrument by percussive artist, Matthias Schack-Arnott. It will be taking over Queensbridge Square and is open to all. Town Choir is another musical must-see that reframes everyday observations as epic, choral declarations. Catch the outdoor choir in Prahran Square singing these statements in glorious, four-part harmonies. And then there’s We Built This City – an enormous cardboard construction site by Polyglot Theatre, which encourages both adults and children alike to build the towns and cities of their dreams.
With more than 460 events to check out, there truly is something for everyone. Tickets go on sale from August 27, and you can score yours here.