Melbourne Fringe Festival has taken over Trades Hall as their one, unified, massive Festival Hub. Trades Hall will be fully accessible for the first time – with a lift entrance at the front of the building, DDA compliant toilets, a wheelchair accessible bar and accessible performance spaces! You can find access info about Trades Hall, including public transport, on their website.
Moreover, they also have lots of venues across Melbourne – from the inner city to the outer suburbs – giant auditoriums to someone’s kitchen, and everywhere in between.
There are loads of accessible events – from events in wheelchair accessible venues, to Auslan interpreted performances, audio described shows and Fringe Furniture tactile tours. Companion and Carer cards, and guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all venues. Click here to find accessible shows.
This year they have 132 artists who are Deaf or identify as a person with disability. There is an amazing program of Deaf and Disability led art including an all star comedy showcase, a theatre show about a Mormon girl, five blind and low vision artists in Fringe Furniture, an interactive performance about the history of Auslan, a spoken word show by writers with disability, a collective of First Nations poets and speakers, photography projections by a blind photographer, two accessible kids’ discos, and a world record attempt at walking on Lego – and so much more. You can find them all in Disability and Deaf Arts Guide.
There are some Volunteer Access Champions provided to assist Deaf people and people with disability in our Fringe Hub and Club.
Visit their website for event, ticketing and access details – melbournefringe.com.au.