In the year of the impossible, Melbourne Fringe Festival will present a varied program of wild and wonderful performances and events from LGBTQIA+ artists, after presenting 43% of their 2020 grant pool of $305,000 to LGBTQIA+ performers. With dangerously high levels of anarchic comedy, glittering cabaret, experimental theatre and drop-dead gorgeous drag, Melbourne Fringe Festival’s LGBTQIA+ program features innovative adaptations of life and art for the community. No less than 38% of the performers in Fringe this year identify at LGBTQIA+, and 9% identify as non-binary or gender fluid.

Melbourne Fringe empowers anyone to realise their right to creative expression through the Melbourne Fringe Festival, year-round venue Fringe Common Rooms and a range of sector leadership programs. For 2.5 weeks each year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival allows audiences to discover the unexpected with art being made and created across the city in theatres, galleries, venues, public spaces, homes, studios and everywhere in between. Its open access framework means that anyone can register to be part of the Festival, bringing voices from the margins and amplifying them across the city. Melbourne Fringe believes that access to arts and creativity are fundamental rights, and encourages artistic participation through large scale public artworks, experimental children’s art, design exhibition Fringe Furniture, Fringe Common Rooms at Trades Hall and late-night Club Fringe programming. Melbourne Fringe keeps access and inclusion at its heart, actively working to remove barriers to participation and develop artists skills through First Nations commissioning program Deadly Fringe, Deaf and Disability arts programs, mentorships, workshops, residencies, forums, awards and touring support.

To view the full list of events currently on sale head to melbournefringe.com.au. More shows will go on sale soon.

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