The 40th anniversary of Melbourne’s Fringe Festival will be celebrated in October with a large block celebration and the return of the iconic Fringe Parade as a part of a boost for creative activities. The resurrection of the legendary parade, financed through a package worth $9.8 million, would invigorate Melbourne’s Central Business District and the surrounding areas with thousands of tourists.
Music, dance, and imaginative floats will take over the streets of Carlton during the Melbourne Fringe Parade and Lygon Street Block Party. This event is a reworking of the old Brunswick Street parade, an annual fixture of the festival from 1984 until 2001. The much-loved Waiters’ Race will also triumphantly return during the parade. In this event, local restauranteurs go to the streets with a cup of coffee in their hands and try to race without spilling a drop (1988 race pictured).
This most recent package comprises an amazing lineup of creative experiences that will roll out over the course of the following 12 months. These engaging experiences will be funded by the $200 million Melbourne City Revitalization Fund, a partnership with the City of Melbourne. AR.Trail will be Melbourne’s largest and most accessible free augmented reality art trail, and it will be launched as a result of a unique cooperation between Fed Square, Koorie Heritage Trust, ACMI, and the NGV.
The public will be able to explore the locations from the 18th of August through the 30th of September in order to find 22 pieces of digital art, including a number of commissioned works by Australian artists. During the summer, the Wheeler Centre programs will be headlined by eminent authors, and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl will present live musical performances.
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The Melbourne Museum will come alive with after-hours exhibition experiences, complete with DJs, dinosaurs, and more. The city will be filled with more laughter, music, and nourishment for the mind and soul thanks to expanded versions of festivals such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Midsumma, and the Melbourne Writers Festival, amongst others. Melbourne’s most iconic cultural venues will be lit with projections, immersive installations, screenings, and audio-visual tours.