Disability and Deaf Arts Guide to Melbourne Fringe


Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival (13 – 30 September) and with over 440 events, across every artform imaginable, this year Fringe asks – are you game?

This year, we are thrilled to have nearly 200 artists who identify as Deaf or with disability performing (or presenting work) at this year’s Festival – which we hope is going to the be the most inclusive and accessible Melbourne Fringe ever. You are most welcome to spread the word about this year’s Festival to your networks – we want them to come!

Check out our Disability and Deaf Arts Guide to Fringe, it covers works that explore disability as a theme, be it conceptual ideas or actual realities (or why not both?!?). From a panel discussion with some of Victoria’s best female disability performers, to a live art installation celebrating Disability Pride, from a celebration of circus through the lens of disability to theatre exploring what’s it’s like being disability when surrounded by empty gestures. We also have not one, but two shows devised entirely in Auslan. This is one celebration of all things disability and Deaf arts.

We have five tactile tour shows and six audio described shows!

We have lots of accessible events – look for the access symbols in the Festival Guide or on our website.

Or you can check out the links below for different accessible events:

  • See all Auslan interpreted events here
  • See all assistive listening events here
  • See all audio described events here
  • See all tactile tours here. Our Fringe Furniture Tactile Tour even has free community transport from the station to the venue.
  • See all relaxed performances here. Our Kids Club features Juan Vesuvius say RELAX! – a relaxed performance for little ones
  • See all events in wheelchair accessible venues here

For more information, please visit our accessibility page.

There are lots of FREE events (who doesn’t love a freebie!), check out the full list here. There are also some cheap, cheap ticket deals, such as early bird tickets (before 25 August), Cheap Tuesday and preview tickets. We also have our Bank Australia Take 5 Tickets, where you can get a $5 discount of any ticket to the Festival each morning from the 1 September (but hurry tickets are limited). Companion Cards are also welcome across the Festival.

Looking forward to seeing you at Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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