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The Melbourne Fringe Awards are an opportunity for Melbourne’s arts community to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity, professionalism and exceptional quality of work in each year’s Festival.

The Melbourne Fringe judges are a team of anonymous expert industry practitioners, drawn from a diverse range of fields – artists, arts workers, producers, curators, talent scouts, media, agents, funding bodies and more. The judging system benefits not only the winners, but every artist in the Festival. Melbourne Fringe’s judging system is highly regarded throughout the industry for its fairness, integrity and professionalism.

The following 2014 Melbourne Fringe Awards will be announced at the Fringe Club on Saturday 4 October:


2014 Professional Development Awards

Touring Awards

The SA Tour Ready Award

Supported by Adelaide Fringe

The WA Tour Ready Award

Supported by Perth Fringe World

The Tiki Tour Ready Award

Supported by New Zealand Fringe and Auckland Fringe

Best Experimental Performance

Supported by PACT Centre for Emerging Artists

Outstanding Comedy Show

Supported by Brisbane Powerhouse


Local Awards

Best Emerging Producer

Supported by Auspicious Arts Incubator

Best Emerging Circus Performer

Supported by ACAPTA

Original New Circus

Supported by Circus Oz

Innovation in Culturally Diverse Practice

Supported by Kultour

The Discovery Award

Supported by Melbourne Festival

Best Emerging Indigenous Artist

Supported by Melbourne Fringe and 3KND Radio

Best Emerging Writer

Supported by Writers’ Victoria, in association with Melbourne Theatre Company

Best Emerging Visual Artist or Curator

Supported by West Space


People’s Choice Award

Supported by YOU!


2014 Category Awards

Best Cabaret

Best Circus

Best Comedy

Best Dance

Best Kids

Best Live Art

Best Music

Best Performance

Best Venue

Best Visual Arts


(Click here for an archive of past Award winners.)