Festival in Melbourne 2014

November 8, 2022
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Fringe is back and we’re raring to go. We have THREE amazing new programs to announce, each one making more space in the festival for celebrating the fabulous diversity of Melbourne – people-wise, practice-wise, party-wise!


And don't forget, 2016 Festival Registrations Open on 4 April!

Opportunity 1: Compass Professional Development Program

Knowing how to produce your own creative work is a vital skill for an independent artist. Compass is a new mentorship and artist development program which provides business skills and industry knowledge to help you with your career in the arts.

Participants will be paired with an industry mentor, gain access to professional networks, learn producing, project management and marketing skills and receive one-on-one producing support if they are producing a Festival event. Artists and producers who are not presenting work in the 2016 Festival are also welcome to submit an EOI for consideration.

is an inclusive program for people with and without disability.

Applications are now open and will close on Monday 28 March.

Opportunity 2: Ralph Mclean Microgrants

From 2016, two microgrants of $1250 each will be offered to enable new artists from diverse backgrounds to present their first ever Melbourne Fringe work.

Ralph Mclean (1957-2010) was Chair of Melbourne Fringe from 1986 - 1991 and a member of our Board until 1998. Ralph Mclean’s passion was celebrating diversity and art in all its forms. Melbourne Fringe is proud to continue his legacy with Fringe through this new grant initiative.

Artists who are Deaf or with disability, artists who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, artists from diverse backgrounds and artists who identify as LGBTIQ are strongly encouraged to apply.

Opportunity 3: Open Book

Melbourne Fringe is excited to announce a new program in partnership with Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office – Open Book. The Open Book program provides free Fringe registration for selected artists with innovative ideas for new Festival projects that cast a fresh light on Melbourne and its relationship with literature. All kinds of artists are encouraged to apply, particularly those interested or working in the literary arts.

Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 10 April.

2016 Festival Registrations Open on 4 April!

We know it’s still summer and you’re probs on the beach (though more likely in Adelaide), but registrations for Melbourne Fringe are just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about venues, collaborators, oh and the name of your show. Artists are already pitching their ideas to the team here, if you’ve got a work you’d like to present in the festival and need some pointers or want programmed in the Fringe Hub then the time to get in contact is NOW.

Key registration dates:

  • Registrations / Fringe Hub EOIs Open Monday 4 April
  • Fringe Hub EOI Close Monday 25 April
  • Registrations Close Monday 23 May

Please just get in touch if you're an eager beaver and want to talk to someone about your 2016 show!

Felix Preval

Independent Program Producer

(03) 9660 9600

felix @ melbournefringe.com.au

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