About Melbourne Fringe
2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival: Wed 17 Sept - Sun 5 Oct
Melbourne Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation that presents the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival. We provide artists with the tools to develop, present and promote their work, creating a community of audiences and artists that together represent a National arts network.
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access event. Each year artists from a wide scope of art-form and experience join our Independent Arts Program to develop and present their work as part of the Festival. Through our Independent Arts Program we run the Festival Hub, a curated space that offers a cross-section of arts experiences throughout the Festival period including the Fringe Club.
Central to each year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival is our Creative Program, Melbourne Fringe produced projects which bring emerging and established artists together to explore new ways to engage audiences with free works in public spaces. In 2013, our Creative Program presents Digital Creatures, Digital Gardens and Fringe Furniture.
The Melbourne Fringe Artist Development Program supports our Festival participants and the broader independent arts community. Year-round we deliver a range of programs across all aspects of building a successful and sustainable career in the arts. Our Artist Development Programs include mentorships, forums, training and awards.
To present the Festival and support our year-round activities, Melbourne Fringe works with a range of committed and valued partners.
Melbourne Fringe will play a leading role in the support and presentation of the independent arts by facilitating the development of innovative and diverse arts practices that engage with both artists and audiences.
As an open-access, multi-arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe actively encourages a diversity of artists and audiences to participate in the arts.
Melbourne Fringe is committed to providing opportunities for collaboration between artists and arts facilitators on a local and National level.
Melbourne Fringe supports the creativity of our artists and audiences and continually strives to reflect and respond to this creativity in our own work.
Melbourne Fringe values the trust that artists and audiences place in us and understand our responsibility to engage with our community with openness and integrity.
In 2012, Melbourne Fringe celebrated 30 years. Read more about the History of Melbourne Fringe.
The 2012 Melbourne Fringe Annual Report is available for download.
DISABILITY ACTION PLAN
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is for all artists and all audiences. Core to the Melbourne Fringe values are open-access participation, independence and accessibility. The Melbourne Fringe Disability Action Plan analyses that accessibility for people with a disability, examining everything we offer and everything we do. This plan is a set of commitments, actions and advocacy steps that our organisation will undertake and review every year, so that we maximising the accessibility of everything we do.
Melbourne Fringe is committed to organisational and environmental sustainability: meeting our responsibilities to our artists, our staff and volunteers, our funding bodies and partners, and our communities, as stakeholders.
Our challenge as the independent arts Festival in Australia’s biggest independent arts city is to make sure we’re providing our artists with the resources they need to maximise their artistic impact and longevity with limited resources. Melbourne Fringe enhance our sustainability through:
- Entering into partnerships with the most significant and responsible community-oriented organisations in public transport, hospitality and production.
- Enhancing our handover, induction, professional development and staff retention strategies; investing in our staff, interns and volunteers.
- A greener Festival: providing resources and support for our artists to make their own practices more sustainable.
- Promoting energy and production best practice through our material choices for the Fringe Hub and Fringe Club
- Ensuring we’re receiving the most up-to-date, quality advice.
- Conducting regular environmental audits, alongside financial, operational and governance audits, ensuring that our maintenance cycles align and support our sustainability.