Melbourne’s West hosts Fringe Favourites

Published on 19 August 2019

Fring 2019

The west is a unique and thriving cultural hub, with a dynamic culture reflecting the creativity of those living and working here. Melbourne Fringe Festival has always had a big audience in the West, and Maribyrnong is proud to again be partnering with Melbourne Fringe and our surrounding Councils to present Fringe Westside.

The 2019 Fringe Westside program features an exciting array of music, performance, visual art and interactive experiences for all ages.

A highlight of the program will be ‘We Are The Robots’, an explorative experience for children inside ‘The Pod’ – a large inflatable performance space that will be erected in the Nicholson St Mall from 21 – 23 September.

Children will be invited to explore sound through touch, shape and colour as they build creatures from modular robot designs by internationally renowned Indonesian installation artist Mulyana.

In addition kids will be taken through the process of creating electronic music using touch sensitive MIDI technology. At the end of each session, children will take home a photograph of the robot they have created and be sent a copy of the corresponding audio created during the workshop. 

Sat 21 – Mon 23 Sept, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Nicholson St Mall, Cnr of Nicholson St and Chambers St, Footscray

Free – bookings required via

The Bluestone Church Arts Space will once again offer a diverse program of Fringe activity including:

Dandelion Wine and La La Ville – A Night Traversing Earth and Stars

World renowned ethereal electro-medieval trip Dandelion Wine reinterpret their work, with the help of Yarraville based choir La La Ville and the sublime puppetry of Keira Lyons and Justine Warner. Experience their trademark tapestry of medieval instruments and electronic beats, interwoven with splendour of a choir and the beautiful surrounds of the historic Bluestone Church Arts Space.

13-15 September, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm & 8pm
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Tickets: Full $25 / Conc. $20 / Children free for matinee show

The World in a Suitcase

An intimate, interactive object theatre performance on a global scale. Through object manipulation, puppetry, clowning, music and interactive projections the weird and wonderful objects are brought to life by a lone traveller who seems to have lost their way.

18-22 September, Wed -Sun - 7pm, Matinee - Sat 2pm
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Tickets: Full $18 / Conc. $15


Anthropocene is a journey which follows the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, imagined as a family of giant puppets. All the food has been eaten, all the rivers have dried up….who will look after War once Famine and Pestilence have passed away? It will be up to Death, death and hungry rats!

24-29 September, Tues-Thurs 7pm, Fri-Sat 9pm, Sun 6pm
Bluestone Church Arts Space
Tickets: Full $25 / Conc. $20 / Group 6+ $23.50

For more information and bookings visit:

Maribyrnong also hosts a range of exciting Festival City events in Spring, including the Ethiopian New Year Festival, Lantern Festival and Festival of Flowers (Bathukamma) in September, Footscray Diwali and the Macedonian Food Festival in October and Due West Arts Festival in November. See our event calendar for more details or visit