Mel­bourne Fringe Fes­ti­val

Mel­bourne Fringe

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‘ OUT OF THE Echo Cham­ber’ is the over­ar­ch­ing theme that Fringe’s creative di­rec­tor and CEO Si­mon Abra­hams uses to de­scribe this year’s fes­ti­val, which is packed with more than 400 per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and events. “We are con­tin­u­ally lis­ten­ing to peo­ple in our own Face­book feeds, and we’re cu­rat­ing the voices that we hear to an ex­tent that we are be­com­ing cush­ioned,” says Abra­hams. “The provo­ca­tion to the peo­ple of Mel­bourne is to get out of the echo cham­ber… to ex­tend your think­ing to hear the marginalised voices.”


This par­tic­i­pa­tory pub­lic art pro­ject by artists Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey will see sculp­tural see­saws pop up – and you’re in­vited to play. Each see­saw will con­nect two cit­i­zens in a guided con­ver­sa­tion led by a built-in voice pro­gram. àfed­er­a­tion Square, Swanston & Flin­ders Sts, Mel­bourne 3000. Tue-sun noon5pm. Free. Sep 14-29. Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Lit­tle Chapel St, Prahran 3181. Noon-5pm. Sun Oct 1.


Han­nah Fox, half of creative agency Sup­ple Fox (be­hind the pop­u­lar Dark Faux Mo par­ties), de­scribes this new ven­ture as “a lay­ered in­stal­la­tion”. Dis­cor­dia will com­bine live per­for­mance, mu­sic, set and sound de­sign to “take wit­nesses and par­tic­i­pants through a near fu­ture world of utopian evo­lu­tion, room by room, scene by scene.” Her seven col­lab­o­ra­tors in­clude Gabi Bar­ton (of bur­lesque duo Town Bikes) and dancer Holly Du­rant

(Fin­u­cane & Smith). àfair­fax Stu­dio, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Mel­bourne 3000. Var­i­ous times. $39. Sep 27-Oct 1.

Fringe Wives Club

Blend out­ra­geous cos­tumes, hi­lar­i­ous songs, ridicu­lous dance moves and an em­pow­er­ing fem­i­nist mes­sage and you’ve got Glit­tery Clit­tery: a CON­SEN­SUAL party. àlithua­nian Club, 44 Er­rol St, North Mel­bourne 3051. TueSat 9.15pm; Sun 8.15pm. $20-$25. Sep 15-22.

Dis place

For the first time, Mel­bourne Fringe has teamed up with Il­bi­jerri Theatre Com­pany to cre­ate Deadly Fringe: a se­ries of works by emerg­ing In­dige­nous artists. dis place is a re­sponse to the on­go­ing gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of Fitzroy, in which for one night only, Gertrude Street will be filled with a se­ries of trav­el­ling live art per for­mances and in­stal­la­tions. àmeet at the Koori Club, 43 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 3065. 6pm. $15. Fri Sep 22. www.mel­bourne­

Betty Grum­ble

Glit­tery Clit­tery

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