Melbourne Fringe

Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, we create a unique space for artistic self-expression linked to the life of our great city. That’s why Melbourne Fringe is the most adventurous, inclusive, all-encompassing multi-artform festival in Australia. Every year we feature thousands of artists from every discipline you can name (and a few others besides) performing 400+ events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people.

Melbourne Fringe is the place to go for pure, unadulterated, uncurated and unexpected artistic discovery. We help artists develop and provide a platform for a vast, diverse range of voices, in celebration of the idea that when we come together, we create a safe space for risk raking. We find ideas from the margins and shout them to the world. We love the weird and strange, the different and queer, the misfits and the freaks. We’re here to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid, to explore the boundaries of art and to change the way you see the world.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival an uncurated, open access event. The views expressed by any artists or performers in any event do not necessarily represent those of Melbourne Fringe. 

Festival Programs and Reports

To find out more, here’s our 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival Report.

Or you can read our 2016 Annual Report.

Want a snapshot of past Festivals, take a look at our archive of Melbourne Fringe programs.


In 2012, Melbourne Fringe celebrated 30 years. Read more about the History of Melbourne Fringe.