Melbourne Fringe Festival is back for another year with over 440 events, presented by 3,358 artists, across 150 venues in a big, bold celebration of independent arts. This year, Melbourne Fringe asks Are You Game? From 13 – 30 September the festival will transform the city into a playground, a space to consider play in the everyday – and it’s game on. Tickets are now on sale at

Highlights of the festival include Sammy J – The 50 Year Show: a time-travelling, death-defying theatrical experiment (27 September, Northcote Town Hall), Pablo Francisco’s Australianator Tour: a show filled with boisterous laughter (27 September, Athenaeum Theatre), Thy Neighbour: a fiercely relatable comedy by Selina Jenkins that dives into the dark story of two women and their neighbours (13 – 21 September, Hares and Hyenas & Fringe Hub),

Queen of the Night: a glorious celebration of all things Whitney Houston by Little Ones Theatre at the Festival Club (21 September, Fringe Hub) and Jude Perl’s I Have a Face (pictured below): an exciting adventure to solve all of our collective inner angst (14 – 21 September, Fringe Hub).

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Melbourne Fringe and Fed Square host Field Theory, in association with Aphids, in their search for Melbourne’s newest ICON. Masters of public engagement, Field Theory are creating a participatory artwork that elevates one everyday person to iconic status. Open to all, and chosen at random, the selected person will be studied closely for 48 hours as Field Theory take up residence in their life. They will sleep on their floor, taste test their breakfast, discover their favourite song and then listen to it over, and over, and over again. The ICON will then have their life celebrated in an extraordinary community festival at Fed Square (30 September, Fed Square).

The search for the ICON kicks off at the Melbourne Fringe program launch on 15 August and asks community members to register their interest and sign up to be part of the lottery. Registration is FREE and you can register online at or come down in person to Fed Square from 12 – 4pm on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August to register and get your face up on the brand-new digital facade. Teaser trailers and promotional videos will be released throughout the course of the Fringe Festival across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and on the digital facade at Fed Square.