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Melbourne Fringe at Trades Hall

Reed and Barnes 1874 in several stages through to 1925


Melbourne Fringe, the producers of the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival, opens the doors of Fringe Common Rooms, their year-round home for independent artists, for a secret showcase of short films, radio plays, and digital art, as a part of Open House Melbourne.

Residing in Melbourne’s historic Trades Hall, Melbourne Fringe is the latest inheritor of a long tradition of arts activity at Trades Hall.

Musical and literary events raised funds for the first stage of the Trades Hall building in 1873, with the likes of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre, Comedy Festival, and Keating the Musical passing through since its inception.

We’re activating ours, and other Trades Hall spaces for the weekend with an amazing video landscape of the work of our thriving Fringe scene.

What's On

Take one of the Trades Hall building's guided tours and discover short films, radio plays, and other screen art from the fringe, secreted in multiple locations throughout the building.

Drop in and drop out as you like. It's all free, and runs all weekend.

At 2pm on Saturday, we present a special featured live reading of Bad News, an animated radio play about media ownership, by the award winning theatre company and Fringe mates, The Bloomshed.

Important Details

Time & Date

Fringe digital showcase
Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
10am - 4pm
Free - no bookings required, drop in and drop out as you like

Bad News Live Reading
Saturday 29 July, 2pm
Tickets $10, bookings required
First release tickets: Thursday 6 July, 12pm
Second release tickets: Saturday 8 July, 10am

Main entrance Lygon Street. Fringe Common Rooms is on the first floor. The live reading of Bad News takes place in Solidarity Hall


Fully wheelchair accessible, Partially wheelchair accessible, Accessible bathroom, Accessible parking nearby, Elevator access


16 years and above


54 Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053

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