The 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival program was launched in inner city Melbourne today by Minister Bronwyn Pike and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

 

Unique, intriguing, exciting and enticing, the 2010 Melbourne Fringe is guaranteed to deliver the newest, smartest and most inspirational art in the country this spring. The festival boasts nearly 300 shows in venues across Melbourne featuring more than 4000 artists. For three glorious weeks Melbourne audiences can discover and indulge in the most vibrant and contemporary art and performance.

 

“Melbourne is renowned as a place of independent thought and fearless creativity. The Melbourne Fringe Festival captures the very best of this, staking out a space for new ideas, new people and new spaces for art-making. We’ve herded our big, bustling arts scene into an easy, exciting 19 days –so don’t wait because you’ll miss out!” says Emily Sexton, Creative Producer.

 

The rich independent program boasts work by the well-known and the ones-to-watch! The ambitious Hayloft Project bring their latest show ‘Thyestes’ to the Malthouse, Rose Chong returns due to popular demand with her new costume cabaret ‘Chose Rong Again’ and Ridiculusmus present their new show ‘Total Football’ at La Mama. Uncle Semolina & Friends perform an adventurous version of Peter and the Wolf in the Collingwood Underground Carpark and young circus troupe Downpour return from the Montreal Circus Festival to perform at Red Bennies in South Yarra.

 

 

The Fringe Hub and Fringe Club

Each year the Fringe Hub in North Melbourne provides you with a unique and bold peek into the nucleus of our independent arts community. Step into the unknown and see things you’ve never seen before.

 

“For 2010 we have created the most vibrant, compelling and diverse program for the Fringe Hub yet. The 54 shows will fill these neighbouring venues with innovative performance, brand new shows from award winning comedians, cutting edge new circus, incredible heart-breaking puppetry and even a pedal powered opera” says Beau McCafferty, Independent Program Producer.

 

Melbourne Fringe is proud to announce 2010 Barry Award winning comedian Sammy J, The Suitcase Royale’s Miles O’Neill and the gorgeous Kitty Flanagan are all debuting new solo shows. Other highlights of the expansive Hub program include Adelaide Fringe hit ‘Words They Make With Their Mouths’, the stunning new dance work ‘Love Hunter’ and live art piece ‘Woodvale South’.

 

To top it off, right in the middle of all of this is the Fringe Club with 14 nights of FREE entertainment. From Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire’s wildly popular Women of Letters, to the nation’s best political satirists in Political Asylum, to the cult hit Circus vs Sideshow, additionally we have Melbourne premiers of interstate favourites, Sydney’s underground performance collective Cab Sav and Brisbane’s raucous all-male cabaret BRIEFS.

 

 

“The Fringe Hub provides the easiest way to navigate the hundreds of shows in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, allowing you to see up to 4 distinct and distinguished shows a night topping it all off with the free entertainment in the Fringe Club” says Beau McCafferty, Independent Program Producer.

 

From the large and ambitious to the intricate and intimate, there is so much to see at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival that you’ll be coming back every day and night.

 

Don’t miss the Melbourne Fringe Festival from 22 Sept to 10 Oct 2010.

 

For bookings and more information go to www.melbournefringe.com.au