Australia’s largest independent arts festival, Melbourne Fringe, is moving its 2020 festival dates and offering support to artists who are facing challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now taking place on 12 – 29 November 2020, Melbourne Fringe is working toward creating another boundary-pushing festival while supporting all the venues, arts workers, artists and the wider community who have all been impacted by the widespread closure of events, seasons and festivals. Artist registrations will open on 1 June 2020.

The new November dates have been announced to allow art makers to have more time to prepare their show and adhere to the required social distancing measures. In 2021 and beyond, Melbourne Fringe will return to its October timeslot.


Melbourne Fringe was established in 1982 as an annual open access festival that champions cultural democracy and supports anyone to participate in the arts. Their annual festival takes voices from the margins and amplifies them across the city in a range of programs including the annual design exhibition Fringe Furniture, participatory public art commissions, children’s programs as well as its First Nations program Deadly Fringe, disability and Deaf arts programs, mentorships, workshops, residencies, forums, awards and touring support.