Fringe is as much about creating a community as it is about creating art, so set that calendar to busy and join us for our salon sessions and panel discussions (and tune into our pre-recorded videos whenever you have a spare 5-10 mins!)

The "Let's Talk" program includes a wide range of sessions for up-skilling emerging artists across disciplines and career trajectories, exploring a range of skills such as accessibility, producing, marketing and touring.

E-meet other artists, glean quality advice from experienced professionals, and learn all there is to know about putting on a damn good event!

In the foreground there are three people seated at a table facing towards one another in discussion. There are pink and purple hues cast over everyone in the image from the lights in the venue. In the background and slightly out of focus are additional tables and people who are seated and talking to one another, as well as groups of people standing with drinks in their hand.

Join us for:

Please note: All panel sessions will be Auslan interpreted and our quick chats videos will be closed captioned.

Quick chats: Fringe 101s

Are you a Fringe first-timer with a ripper idea? Or have you been around the Fringe block and just want to get your head around a few key areas? Our quick chats series are presented by key Fringe staff and designed to take you through the basics. In the format of 5-10 minute short videos that you can watch in your own time, they will cover topics such as: registrations, venues, budgeting, access, marketing & ticketing. No frills, just the key information that you need to get the job done.

See our range of "quick chats" topics for a range of "how to's" here.

Conversations on the Fringe: Panel Discussions

So you think you can Fringe? From August to September, we will be bringing together Melbourne Fringe staff, past artists and industry professionals for a series of monthly juicy conversations about what it means to be a part of Fringe. Facilitated by Melbourne Fringe’s Program Manager (Independent Arts), Anna Nalpantidis, join some of Melbourne’s leading voices for a series of FREE virtual panels which are specifically designed to help you make the most out of your Melbourne Fringe Festival season.

All sessions are Auslan interpreted and close captioned.

Artivism with Carly Findlay

Nailing Accessibility and Allyship

If you’ve been looking for ways to increase accessibility and be a good ally in the way that you create and present your work, then this is the conversation for you.

Led by Carly Findlay (Access Advisor at Melbourne Fringe), this conversation features powerhouse artists and arts workers Sarah Houbolt (Creative Producer - Arts Access Victoria), Madeleine Little (Festival Director: Undercover Artist Festival at Access Arts) and Olivia Staaf (Winner of the Access & Inclusion Award for "A Recorded Companion" as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2020).

This session was held on 30 August 2021 and you can watch it back here:

Self-care with Chris Cheers

It's more than a bubble bath...

We know that putting on an independent event in the middle of a global pandemic can be, well, exhausting and stressful! That's why in this session, we’ll be talking all things wellbeing, self-care (the real kind), and how to manage stress before, during and after your season.

Led by Ashleigh Morris (Program Coordinator - Artists & Venues at Melbourne Fringe), this conversation features psychologist, Chris Cheers, who specialises in working with artists, plus previous Fringe artists, Tessa Waters (Fringe Wives Club) and Hannah Friebel (Winner of the Best Emerging Performance Ensemble 2020 - for Sincerely Survivor) who will be able to give you lots of tips and tricks for your Festival season.