World News – AU – Melbourne Fringe Festival unveils 2020 schedule, including a bunch of in-person events


Despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, the legendary Melbourne Fringe Festival is back with another weird, wonderful and ever more adventurous 2020 event

The festival will run from November 12 to 29 and feature 250 shows presented on a range of media – whether outdoors, digitally, via audio or even by phone

Melbourne Fringe represents the city’s most creative and ambitious artists, so it was never about whether the Fringe program could come together creatively, it was just about whether COVID- 19 would allow him to come forward

And he has it in the most magnificent way So without further ado, here are some of the highlights of the program:

From November 24-29, a unique event called Big Day In will see the extraordinary musical Ian Pidd prepare a live band to perform outside Melbourne retirement homes for the elderly. This is something Pidd understood – while his parents were in an elderly care facility, they were diagnosed with COVID-19, so Pidd started playing music in front of their window This event will also be broadcast live

GB24: The Improvised Variety News Channel will see the fun Game Boys put on a parody newsreel comedy show every night, complete with sketches, character interviews, unexpected surprises and more This one will air every night throughout. throughout the festival

Then there’s Losing Touch, one of the first in-person events after the Melbourne lockdown Descending at Abbotsford Convent on November 25, Losing Touch is a work of art that explores touch, distance and technology created through a remote collaboration between composer Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and performance artist Sara Cowdell

Another landmark event is Such Is Now – Isolation Diorama Project 2020 – an installation by contemporary Australian artist Jacqui Stockdale In response to the Melbourne lockdown, Stockdale began making miniature versions of his recent Ned Kelly exhibition in St Kilda’s Linden New Art Now, via two big eyes and a Ned Kelly helmet painting on the window of the Rose Chong Costumiers boutique, she will be showcasing the works in a sort of peep show arrangement taking place Nov 12-29

Creepy Boys features the work of two queer Canadian artists who came to Australia for Adelaide Fringe, and thanks to COVID-19, they’ve stayed here ever since This show will have it all, including games, gifts, cakes and a possible Satan Posting November 17-22

Then there’s Welcome to Bunt – a show that turns the notion of tourism upside down In a quirky little Australian town, a return to post-COVID tourism is set to present some challenges Presented by Elly Squire, aka Clara Cupcakes , and descending from November 24 to 29

From November 14th to 28th, Tomas Ford will present electronic sets live from his bath as part of Come Have A Bath With Me while PLATFORM is a techno evening organized in a digital reconstruction of the SUBSTATION building at Newport For five hours and hosted on a private Minecraft server, bettors can choose their own avatars and explore whole new landscapes This takes place on November 20

To cap off the highlights of the program, the Variety Gala presented by The People of Cabaret Taking place over three dates on November 10, 17 and 24, the events will feature cabaret performers from home, interstate and across the world The People of Cabaret collective aims to elevate, celebrate and empower the brilliant performers of color from the worlds of cabaret, burlesque and circus

Melbourne Fringe runs from Thursday 12 November to Sunday 29 November Find out more via the Melbourne Fringe site

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World News – AU – Melbourne Fringe Festival unveils 2020 program including a number of in-person events



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