Posted: 21 Aug 2014

Fringe boss Janyne Lovelock
reveals her top 5 events

Jayne Lovelock Melbourne FringeMelbourne Fringe is a great way to get a taste of Melbourne’s arts community, with more than 400 shows, events and exhibitions planned across the city between 17 September and 5 October.

But the program can be overwhelming if you’re not familiar with Melbourne’s arts scene.

Enter Janyne Lovelock, festival CEO and Creative Director (right). These are Janyne’s top 5 picks for the festival. Book early to avoid disappointment.

1. Opening Night

19 Sept at 9pm, Fringe Club, North Melbourne Town Hall

Join us as we kick off the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Hub program with a gala night of performances from some of the Festival‘s most exciting acts. Expect entertainment for every taste, with DJs and dancing, and most of all – a whole lot of awesome.

2. Flash

24 September, Fringe Club, North Melbourne Town Hall

Join us for everything Flash and everything Black as we showcase the many talents of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. From live music through to dance and comedy, join us as we make you laugh and get you up on the dance floor. Co-presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music, you can enjoy old favourites as well as discover the fresh new talents of Melbourne town.

3. Eight First Dates

2 October, Fringe Club, North Melbourne Town Hall

Want to hear something you’ve never heard before? At this special show, eight of Melbourne’s best indie music acts will perform new songs for the first time – exclusively for the Fringe Club audience. Backed by indie pop favourites Darling James (pictured above), this is how every first date should be. Featuring Jae Laffer (The Panics), J. Walker (Machine Translations), Mikelangelo, Charles Jenkins, Ainslie Wills and James O’Brien (Darling James/The Boat People). See the Melbourne Fringe website for the full line up.

4. Fringe Furniture

18 September to 5 October at Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Every object we create is a time capsule to be rediscovered, a monument with fascinating stories to tell. From ancient times to the present, the artifacts we design are used by coming generations to understand us. They act as coded messages, showing how we lived, worked and came together, how we created and what we valued. They also inform the future. The movement of ideas from generation to generation inspires new forms and icons. A chair was once a stone or a branch, and through a process of evolution it became something else. What could it be next? In 2014, Fringe Furniture’s artists and designers will respond to these ideas and create Living Traces of our world, constructing artifacts from now that acknowledge both our history and the future to come.

5. Fringe Film

18 September to 5 October at Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Returning for its second exciting year, Fringe Film: Digital Creatures showcases Australia’s best emerging screen artists in short films, digital animation and video art. An open-access program for all screen-based creators, Fringe Film takes Melbourne Fringe beyond the bounds of the physical, crossing the threshold of performance and visual art to explore a digital space with unlimited creative possibilities. Enter the warm, social hum of the Dining Hall, don special wireless headphones and immerse yourself in new worlds.

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