What cultural democracy has done for queer performance art

An increased number of performers in this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival identify as LGBTIQA+, something its Creative Director attributes to the organisation's vision of cultural democracy.

This year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival, which kicked off on Thursday night, is fabulously queer. Some 40% of performers this year identify as LGBTIQA+, a 14% increase from 2019, with 8.5 % of those performers identifying as non-binary or gender fluid.

Festival CEO & Creative Director Simon Abrahams says that due to the festival’s nature – the fact that it’s not curated – more performers have a chance to apply for shows, allowing for greater diversity and inclusivity among the performance pool. 

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