The Melbourne Fringe Festival kicked off with a bang last night hosting the opening exhibition of Fringe Furniture- an epic display of some of the most interesting, unexpected and down right quirky pieces by some of Melbourne’s most talented handy-men (and women!)

Fringe is Australia’s second largest independent arts festival and is host to over 400 unique events created by more than 6000 artists, and the annual event is now in its 33rd year! The festival features everything from comedy to cabaret, and one of its more unique events is Fringe Furniture.

As you wander around Abbottsford Convent prepare to be both delighted and down right impressed with the calibre of furniture featured from modern minimalism to classic wooden furnishings with a funky twist. And not to mention the venue itself is gorgeous, of course!

It was hard to pick a favourite with so many incredible works on display, but we must say we were very impressed with the super cool, and super convenient fold up table by artist Julian Allen. The table is designed to hang on a wall as a piece of art and is ironically named Wally, punny, right? There were lots of incredible lights and fixtures on display, and we were particularly taken aback by Mather Harding’s Jurrasic Park, an installation taking a creative spin on the hanging plant trend sweeping over Melbourne.

Fringe Furniture is running from the 17th of September through till the 4th of October, so you’ve still got plenty of time to check out all its glory! This weekend we’re particularly keen for two comedy shows: Murphy Mclauchlan Eats Corn Chips, a quirky show by a talented stand up comedian, (and yes, there will be corn chips!) which you should check out Friday Night, and Randy Writes A Novel, for those who love something a little bit cheeky, which is on all weekend. More info, check out this weekends featured events here

All in all the night got us super stoked for what’s to come with Melbourne Fringe Festival 2015, and our team has hand picked our top three events for each weekend of the festival so watch this space to find out which Fringe events you should check out each week!

Written by Alice Johnson
Alice is currently at university studying PR and has a keen passion for writing. This full time student and part time caramel slice enthusiast is always out and about discovering Melbourne’s coolest restaurants, fashion hot spots and the latest bands on the music scene. She plays on Insty, you can find her here