This year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival boasts an impressive range of free events and dares to ask Melbourne if it’s game to join in and play? Check out some of the free highlights at this year’s Festival:
Free Comedy @ Highlander (14-29 Sept, Highlander Bar) Check out the hottest free comedy acts right in the heart of the city, including Stevie Stix with #thatsnotladylike (21 & 22 Sept) who encourages audiences to navigate through the world like a lady. Screw the gender norms, screw the dating rules and expectations. It’s all just a bit rude, and totally not lady like.
Spotlight Stage (15 Sept, Fed Square Main Stage) Fed Square comes alive once again with the genre-defying Spotlight Stage (pictured), an afternoon bursting at the seams of free family friendly acts. Hilarious street performers, up-and-coming comedians, circus and acrobatics will have palms sweating and hearts racing. Featuring performances by: The Illegitimate Love Children of Bob Downe and Magda Szubanski, Claire Healy, Alice Tovey, Lou Wall’s Drag Race, Anya Anastasia, Cultural Renegades, Gingzilla, Jugg Life and more.
Animinimalis/Two Shift (13-14 September, VCA) In Animinimalis, Phaedra Brown and Alexandra Dobson take the leap from being students to choreographers in a double bill that examines the relationship between humans and animals – the wild and the captured, the real and the mythical. Two Shift is the second work in the programme, featuring Dobson as both choreographer and dancer alongside fellow student Gabriel Sinclair in a duet exploring the depths of the chaotic and the harmonious.
Surface Area (27-29 Sept, Prahran Skate Park) Surface Area attempts to find comfort in the curves of a large half-pipe in Prahran Skate Park. Two people negotiate their changing relationship to gravity as the floor beneath tilts, and we see their spontaneous and visceral reactions.
KWABO from Benin (18-22 Sept, Queen Victoria Market) Kwabo (or welcome in Fon, a language of Benin), is an open invitation to experience the Afrobeat dance grooves of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. For the first three days, you are invited to come and learn a new Afrobeat dance from West Africa. On the final fourth day, join hundreds of participants in a riveting flashmob to perform what you have learnt.
Critical Mass: Rally (22 Sept, SITEWORKS) Join the artists of Critical Mass in a crowding of crucial ideas by taking to the streets of Brunswick in a rally come public art happening. Witness the critical mass and unite as a community. Everything will be provided, and everyone is welcome – just bring ideas and a willingness to be audacious.
As always, the Fringe Club will host the most fabulous and outrageous free events, including, 1992-1-OMG! (14 Sept), All that Glitters is Blak (15 Sept), Femme Fresh (20 Sept), Queen of the Night (21 Sept), Year 10 Formal (27 Sept).
Melbourne Fringe is a big, bold and playful celebration of independent art that takes over the city from 13 to 30 September 2018. See established and emerging artists stand side-by-side to make Fringe a fun, affordable way to experience art in Melbourne – are you game? Tickets are on sale now via: www.melbournefringe.com.au