As An Artist

Pick Your Venue

Registrations are now closed

Artist registrations are officially closed (web-only registrations open 13 July). If you still want to participate in the 2018 Festival, pick up the phone and call our Participant Services team to discuss your idea on 9660 9600.

1. Be part of the Fringe Hub

Apply to be part of the program at one of our Fringe-run venues in North Melbourne. Think of the Fringe Hub as a bit like Fringe base camp, with 10 different rooms of varying sizes to suit events of every style, shape and flavour. How do you know if your event is suitable? Hub events tend to share the following characteristics:

  • They’re light on infrastructure, able to work with a shared lighting rig and are well suited to the multi-show black box-style Fringe Hub spaces
  • They can be bumped in and out quickly, within a shared window of ten to fifteen minutes (they move quick people!)
  • They share the Fringe philosophy of celebrating outsider status and difference, and championing ideas from the margins.
  • Their makers know who their work is aimed at and know how to reach that audience.

Applications for the Fringe Hub have closed.

2. Be part of an established venue

There are heaps of fantastic venues across Melbourne that put together killer programs of events just for Melbourne Fringe. Sometimes they operate year-round, sometimes they just pop up for the Festival. Sometimes they’re artform specific (programming cabaret or circus or comedy) and other times they’re a mixed bag of Fringe-y goodness.

For some of these venues, programming is by application only – check out each of their Expression of Interest forms and due dates and apply directly to them here.

There are loads of other venues that are happy to talk to you directly without having to go through an Expression of Interest process. You can use our handy Venue Finder in our registration system Eventotron to search for a venue that suits your work – give them a hoy and make a booking directly.

3. DIY show, BYO venue

Fringe happens wherever people make it happen. So, if you’ve found the perfect home for your Fringe event – a backyard? A shop window? A nest? – then bring it on. Details need to be confirmed by the registration closing date on 28 May.

We recommend you get your venue agreement in writing – particularly if you’re working in a nest; pigeons be flaky – so we thought we’d give you a hand and prepare a cheeky little template for you.

Download Venue Agreement Template

Need more help?

Give our super savvy Participant Services team a buzz to discuss any of your venue questions – 03 9660 9600 or

You can also contact us through the National Relay Service – just give Melbourne Fringe’s digits, 03 9660 9600.