Art on the Fringe: Forty Years of Melbourne Fringe
Celebrate the iconic festival that has emboldened the Melbourne arts scene since 1982.
Enjoy a roaring evening of art, performance and conversation, celebrating 40 years of Melbourne Fringe.
Begin your evening by exploring State Library Victoria’s major exhibition The Rest is Up to You, a collection of memories, thoughts and ideas about the future of Melbourne Fringe Festival, contributed by artists, producers, directors and audiences.
Then, grab a glass of wine and experience a captivating experimental performance by Vidya Rajan, whose work spans screenwriting, theatre, comedy, and digital spaces, before she joins a panel including beloved comedian Sammy J, actor, director and writer Maude Davey, and host Tim Byrne to discuss the evolution of the Melbourne Fringe community as a barometer of the city’s social, cultural and political change, and what the future may hold for art making on the fringe. This special event will include a musical performance by Sammy J and conclude with a performance by Maude Davey.
Revel in the past, present and future of one of our city’s best loved and most culturally democratic independent art festivals.
Photo by Suzanne Phoenix
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Moira Finucane will no longer be appearing at this event. The event will instead feature actor, director and writer Maude Davey.
Presented by the Wheeler Centre, State Library Victoria and Melbourne Fringe
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Tim Byrne is a bookseller at Avenue Bookstore, where he has hosted countless author interviews, including with such Australian luminaries as Tim Winton, Thomas Kenneally and Magda Szubanski. He is also a performing arts critic and journalist, his work appearing regularly in The Guardian, Australian ... Read more
Maude Davey has been making work in and out of Melbourne for more than thirty years. She trained at VCA and appears in films, on television and on stage with reasonable regularity. In the nineties she, like all of Australia, was inspired by visiting Japanese companies, including Sankai Juku and Dai ... Read more
Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer and musician. A proud nerd, he abandoned his law degree to travel the world and sing funny songs for a living. You may have seen him on TV, at a festival, or as one half of the man/puppet duo Sammy J & Randy. He is the host of ABC Radio Melbourne Brea... Read more
Vidya Rajan is a writer and performer currently based in Australia working across screenwriting, theatre, comedy, and digital space. A former writer-in-residence at the Malthouse Theatre, graduate of the VCA, and a recipient of Screen Australia’s Developer Program, her work has often been describe... Read more
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