In triumphant fashion, Melbourne Fringe Festival returns for 2016 featuring one of the event’s most immersive and diverse programs to date. Combining some of the cities most talented creatives, the event features an array of performances, installations and interactive placements across the CBD and inner suburbs.

We’ve handpicked some of our favourite upcoming events to give you a snapshot of what to expect from the 2016 programming!

For further details on Fringe 2016, including tickets, maps and event descriptions, head to the Fringe Festival flagship page.

Gut Feels

“Gut Feels is a conversation starter about gut health, mental health and how they connect.”

Bridging the link between gut and mental health, Melbourne-based multi-talent Mari Adams brings her emoji-fied installation to the Toff In Town on September 22nd for one night only. The installation requires the use of an app, downloaded to your very own mobile device, which is then used to translate your ‘gut feels’ via the use of your own unique emoji. Once your unique emoji is born, it is then beamed throughout the venue anonymously

Once your unique emoji is born, it is then beamed throughout the venue anonymously for you to discuss with other attendees, opening the dialect surrounding people’s internal states. The exhibition opts to combine the open discussion of both internal and external health, as well as investigating the use of emojis in contemporary communications.

Date: September 22

Time: 5pm – 5am (join in anytime!)

Location: Toff In Town, Level 2, Curtin House, Melbourne CBD

Price: Free!


Threadbare: There is no ‘us and them’. There is just Us

“Threadbare explores the conflict between otherness and belonging in contemporary Australian society and how art, music, poetry and dance can help us connect with one another.”

Combining the artistic talents of Fipe Preuss, Elnaz Sheshgelani, Phillipa Russell, choreographer Kathleen Gonzales and producer Natasha Jynel, Threadbare explores the true diversity of Australian identity via a one-hour, multi-disciplinary performance. The show (which will be presented in a multitude of languages including English, Spanish, Samoan, Farsi and Auslan) grounds itself as an eye-opening look into belonging to a multicultural nation through the eyes of several people. Stemming from the personal accounts of local poets including Ileini Kabalan and musicians such as Louis Majiwa, Threadbare’s fundamental theme is one of identity and belonging.

Date: September 19, 21-25

Time:8:30pm – 9:30pm and 7:00pm ­– 8:00pm.

Location*: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne.

Price: $25 – 32 (Bookings strongly encouraged!)

*A wheelchair accessible show will be occurring at Hares and Hyenas on Tuesday September 27 at 9pm.



“In Jewish-ish, Michael brings a fresh perspective to politics, religion and bagels. It’s stand up comedy from the mean streets of East St Kilda.”

Michael Shafar’s debut stand-up comedy show Jewish-ish is set for its maiden voyage on September 16 at North Melbourne’s Club Voltaire. With a lion’s share of performing experience both at home and abroad, Shafar’s stage debut is set to reverberate why the jokester is one of the nations emerging comedy talents through his in-depth discussion of politics, religion and of course, bagels.

Shafar’s rap sheet includes being a 2016 RAW Comedy National Finalist, host of the constantly sold-out Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars, as well as being host of RMITV’s flagship TV production The Leak.

Date: September 16-17, 23-24

Time: 9:15pm

Location: Club Voltaire, 14 Raglan Street North Melbourne

Price: Full $18, Concession $15, Group 6+ $15, Earlybird $15

Analog Redux

Analogue Redux

Get yourself a seat for the best close-up view of knob-twiddling you’ll see in the Fringe this decade.

Music geeks and gearheads rejoice – Clan Analogue is here to cure your insatiable knob-twiddling cravings for one night only at Northcote’s 303.

The open-to-the-public jam session will feature a cross section of analogue hardware and gizmos, and if you’re lucky enough to have your own, you can bring that along for the experience too! Welcome gear includes drum machines, synths, laptops, app-equipped smartphones or if you’re feeling a bit nervous to join in, sit back and enjoy the jam.

Following the jam session, half a dozen of Melbourne’s best electronic hardware performers will play sets ‘in the round’ on the floor of 303.

Date: September 24

Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: 303 High Street, Northcote

Price: $10.00


WTF Renaissance 

“Your political jokes are shit” – numerous right wing Twitter followers.

Award winning nonsense WTF Renaissance makes a triumphant return to Melbourne Fringe after cleaning up the People’s Choice award last year. Think clever memes up close and personal.

New captions. Old paintings.

Date: September 15 – October 1

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Tuxedo Cat, 293 La Trobe St, Melbourne CBD

Price: $10.00