• arts & culture

18 March 2019

Victoria’s independent arts sector is getting a new hub, and Melbourne Fringe a new home with the announcement that Fringe will take over historic Trades Hall in Carlton as its new headquarters, complete with spaces for performances, meetings, rehearsals and a bar.

Carlton Trades Hall

Performers join the announcement at Carlton Trades Hall. Photo: Jackson Grant

As well as providing office space for the Fringe team, in September Trades Hall will replace North Melbourne Town Hall as the new Fringe Festival Hub with the venue set to host around a quarter of the program. Venues across the city will continue to present work during the festival.

The Trades Hall’s Old Ballroom and Annexe will also become affordable venues that will operate all year round and Trade Hall’s licenced venue will reopen, offering a new revenue stream for Melbourne Fringe.

The Victorian Government has provided a $150,000 grant to support the move and contributions from the Helen McPherson Smith Trust and private donors will help install staging, sound, lighting and audio-visual equipment.

For more information www.melbournefringe.com.au