• arts & culture

10 August 2016

The Melbourne Fringe Festival program has officially launched and tickets are now on sale. With 463 events, featuring over 6,000 artists, the 2016 Fringe is the biggest yet.

A photo of the Melbourne Fringe

Photo: Theresa Harrison

The festival has introduced some new tools to help audiences navigate the diverse program.

Melbourne Fringe will host the Festival Fortune Teller at the Bank Australia Ticket Booth at City Square (near Collins and Swanston streets) throughout the festival. Supported by Creative Victoria through the Marketing Innovation Fund, the Festival Fortune Teller will provide one-on-one performances with Fringe goers by reading palms to tell people which events they're destined to see. The Fortune Teller will be stroking palms from 2pm-7pm every day of the festival (except Mondays). Audiences can also access the Fortune Teller on the Fringe website.

For a veritable who's who of this year's program, punters can also head to Federation Square on Sunday 18 September, 12:30-3:30pm for the Spotlight Stage. Hosted by celebrity comedian Josh Earl, the event shines a light on Fringe acts across the spectrum. The showcase culminates with a joyous live music performance by the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development.

This year Melbourne Fringe is launching its most creative and interactive keynote project to date, Sky Light, by audio-visual artist Robin Fox. Melbourne's most prominent buildings will be connected by giant beams of laser light, transforming the cityscape into a sight of illumination. Sky Light launches on Thursday 15 September until Sunday 18 September.

Melbourne Fringe fosters the idea of cultural democracy – of art for everyone - which is why established and emerging artists stand side-by-side testing bold new work. With over 460 events, Melbourne Fringe is a fun, affordable way to experience new and exciting art in Melbourne.

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 runs from 15 September to 2 October 2016.

Tickets are on sale now