Melbourne Fringe Festival 2021

Thu 30th September, 2021 – Sun 17th October, 2021
Various locations and online
Ready to “ride out the road map”, the festival has adapted this year’s program to be almost entirely online, with more than 100 ways to bring the Fringe to you – no matter where you are. Dance and sing at a living-room karaoke party, join resin jewellery-making classes, and tune into a 40-minute virtual comedy show.

After launching a program of 472 events back in August, Melbourne Fringe Festival has unveiled a revised program that’s partly digital and partly in-person (and socially distanced).

There are now 126 shows in total, with 87 shows you can watch on demand.

Digital events include a living-room karaoke party called Queer-aoke, celebrating queer musicians and beloved queer anthems; a psychedelic audio-visual work about Melbourne’s public toilets; a feature-length spaghetti western spoof; jewellery-making workshops with the Koorie Heritage Trust and jeweller Hollie Johnson; plus an online revival of the traditional closing party: Mr McClellands Finishing School presents Club Fringe at Home.

The revised Melbourne Fringe Festival program still includes a selection of in-person events. There’s Simon Taylor’s Comedy Picnic – stand-up comedy in Carlton Gardens; an on-demand audio-story tour of Fitzroy; and A Rain Walk, where you take a walk in your neighbourhood (ideally while it’s raining) accompanied by a playful soundtrack.

The festival is turning 40 next year, and to celebrate the Melbourne Fringe Story Bank will let you share your best and most vivid memories of the festival as part of a large project planned for 2022.

See the full program here.