Melbourne Fringe has launched its 38th boundary-pushing program this week, presenting the provocation: Art of the Impossible. The Melbourne Fringe Festival will run 12-29 November with a festival that will show Melburnians that despite the seemingly impossible circumstances faced in 2020, we can still safely come together and celebrate art – much of which was conceived and developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Festival team is working closely with venues, musicians, performance artists, arts workers, builders, engineers and more to create an event that can bring the people of Melbourne back together (safely). This includes outdoor projects that will stimulate and excite the senses of our cooped-up population, digital events that can be streamed from home, art taking place behind glass and over the phone, and, should restrictions ease in line with the current roadmap, the first in-person events in Melbourne post-lockdown.
Highlights in the 2020 program include Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, inspired by the notion that lockdown was an opportunity to take advantage of spare time and learn new skills. Each day, on the Melbourne Fringe Facebook page, a performer will a deliver five-minute tutorial covering anything from makeup lessons to circus tricks. Expect to learn weird and wonderful new skills from 18 artists including Nina Oyama, Clementine Ford, Ivan Aristeguieta, Karen from Finance, Geraldine Quinn and more.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
12-29 November 2020
Program launch: 22 October 2020