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Information for Performers

Statement for Prospective Participants, 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival is scheduled to take place from the 24th of March to the 18th of April.

The Festival will proceed but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the revolution in showbiz logistics the pandemic has caused, our festival will inevitably be different to the event we are used to.

Registrations for the 2021 Festival will open in early November 2020.

The pathway to live-performance-as-usual in Victoria is still unclear. Festival staff meet regularly with relevant government and industry colleagues, but we don’t have a firm picture yet regarding what kind of audience restrictions might be in place by March 2021.

While we wait for news regarding live theatre re-opening, we have started work on planning a digital program that audiences can engage with online should heavy restrictions remain in place for live audience capacities next year.

Because we very much hope that live Melbourne Comedy Festival shows at a reasonable scale WILL be able to go ahead next year, we intend to be as flexible as possible regarding registration deadlines for as long as possible.

We know that many smaller Melbourne venues may not be viable with the reduced capacities that we expect will be required. Unless things change significantly, the Festival will not build as many Festival Managed Venues as usual in 2021. An update on available festival-built venues and capacities, as well as news regarding other Melbourne venues will be available in November.

We hope that state borders will be open by late March 2021 so that any Australian comedians who wish to participate will be free to come. It is not anticipated that international artists will be able to secure visas by March 2021 but we are monitoring that situation carefully.

Sign up here to recieve prospective participant newsletters and updates or email if you have any specific questions.

This page was last updated on 26 October 2020.

Overseas Artist Expressions of Interest
Due to COVID-19, it is unlikely that international artists will be able to secure visas to participate in the 2021 Festival. Please email if you have any questions or would like to explore the situation further.

Festival Managed Venue (FMV) Expressions of Interest
Due to COVID-19, plans for the Festival’s 2021 venue offering are still developing as we define capacities and confirm operational requirements according to legislated COVID-safe protocols. Register an account here to sign up to our participant newsletters to receive updates.

Venue Expressions of Interest
The Festival maintains a database of all venues interested in hosting a Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. This database is accessible to producers interested in registering a show in the Festival. To express interest in being a Festival venue please fill in the form here and we will add you to our database.