Melbourne Fringe Festival 2010 – What’s On

September 15th, 2010


Melbourne Fringe Festival 2010 is guaranteed to deliver the newest, smartest and most inspirational art in the country this spring

  • 22 Sept to 10 Oct 2010


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.

In addition there is a wealth of fabulous visual art on display including a Harrell Fletcher mini retrospective at The Ian Potter Centre at NGV. And if you don’t feel like leaving your house, then why not call the Lounge Room Confabulators who will perform their two-hander in your very own living room!

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.

Made By Melbourne Fringe
In 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival takes twin concepts as the dominant themes for its two major produced events: an exploration of ‘the city’ in Visible City, and an investigation into ‘the country’ via our unique object design showcase, Fringe Furniture.

Visible City – A massive cross-artform venture creating new work every day
From Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and China, our 12 Visible City artists make up some of the region’s most original and engaged thinkers and makers. None of them are bound by artform conventions, and all are intensely curious about their audience: you. Their mission is to create new live art works for Melbourne’s streets – some works may be for just one person; others may fill the CBD with hundreds of participants.

“Visible City is such an exciting project, and so unique for a Festival to produce.  We’ll be creating new art every day of the Festival; intervening, interrupting and inspiring your experience and understanding of Melbourne.’ says Emily Sexton, Creative Producer.

Visible City is a love letter to Melbourne.  For those who loved the spectacular show en route by the bettybooke, were delighted by Take Off Your Skin (both Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009), or were surprised and charmed by K2TOG (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2008), Visible City is for you.

Fringe Furniture – The city has a face, the country has a soul
Fringe Furniture 2010 rediscovers the spirit of a landscape fast disappearing through this year’s theme The City has a Face, the Country has a Soul.   As the urban sprawl continues its outward creep designers will imagine new possibilities for furniture and design.

A keynote project of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Fringe Furniture is an annual ideas showcase that has grown over its 25-year history to claim a critical position in Melbourne’s design calendar. An experimental playground of furniture, lighting, homewares, wearable objects, permanent and ephemeral works. The exhibition provides a platform for challenging work that moves beyond the brief, experiments with materials, and plays with form. 

“Fringe Furniture profiles an eclectic and provocative collection that challenges preconceived notions of what furniture design is, or might be in the future. The designers in this year’s exhibition have responded beautifully to quite a challenging theme, and I can’t imagine a more perfect place for them to reside than the stunning redeveloped Substation in Newport.” Emily Sexton, Creative Producer

The Substation in Newport hosts this stunning exhibition of new ideas and experimental forms, it’s the perfect site to explore how notions of the country can exist within the urban metropolis. 

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.

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