Melbourne Fringe unveils straight-up weird festival program

Melbourne Fringe unveils straight-up weird festival program

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Melbourne’s freakiest festival is back.

Melbourne Fringe, undoubtedly the city’s weirdest arts and culture festival, has unveiled its 2019 program. Packing 455 events into 140 venues across town, the festival is looking like quite the treat if you’re looking for a fairly unconventional show experience.

It would be impossible to share details on every single event, but highlights for this year’s Fringe include burlesque cabaret singer Moira Finucane, beloved Irish comedian Jimeoin, circus performances by Society, and the arrival of In Search of the Truth, an inflatable speech bubble that invites punters to respond to the prompt: “The truth is…”.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Fringe without the drag shows, the satire and the nude acrobatics so rest assured that’s all there too. Many of this year’s events offer Auslan interpretation, audio description and tactile tour services to keep the festival as accessible as possible.

If you’re looking for somewhere to chill out in between shows, the newly opened Club Fringe is the place to be. Located at Trades Hall, the club will also be hosting some incredible parties dedicated to disco, Janet Jackson, the AFL Grand Final and more.

Melbourne Fringe is running between Thursday September 12 and Sunday September 29. For tickets, head to the festival website.