We strive to make every event as accessible as possible.


Venue access


Wheelchair access

Where the wheelchair icon is displayed, the venue/location is wheelchair accessible. If this symbol is not displayed, access may be limited and assistance by venue staff may be required. To ensure the best possible experience, please discuss all access requirements with the venue before you book.

Sound amplification systems

The following venues have sound amplification systems:

  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
  • The Coopers Malthouse, Beckett Theatre
  • The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
  • Federation Square
  • Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall


Access services

To book tickets for performances with access services, we recommend you contact us so we can ensure you received the best tickets for the services required.

Auslan interpreting

We partner with Auslan Stage Left to deliver Auslan interpreted performances.

AnthemSun 6 October 5pm

A Brimful of AshaSat 12 October 1pm

The End of Eddy—Sat 19 October 2pm

Gender Euphoria—all performances

What Girls Are Made Of—Thu 10 October 7.30pm

Audio Description

Audio description

Audio description makes the visual verbal for people who are blind or vision impaired. Patrons use a small audio receiver to receive a spoken description of the visual elements by a trained audio describer. 

We partner with Description Victoria to deliver audio described performances. Listen to the audio introduction, or view the text guide.

Audio described performances of Black is the New White will be delivered by Vision Australia on Sat 19 October 2pm and Tue 22 October 6.30pm.

Open Captioning

Open captioning

Live captioning is available for some performances. During these performances, text is displayed on a screen to the side of the stage, relaying actors’ dialogue, nuances, music and sound effects.

Tactile Tour

Tactile tour

Tactile tours will provide guests with an introduction to the stage and props while someone from the creative team describes them.


Visual symbols

These symbols provide an indicator of the level of visual elements in a performance to assist those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

No music or dialogue

Fully surtitled or minimal dialogue, some background music and/or sounds


Partly surtitled or includes dialogue, background music and/or sounds



The best way to book tickets if you have any access requirements is to contact us directly so we can ensure you receive the best tickets for the access services required.


Companion Card

Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please contact us or venue box offices directly.

Carer Card

Victorian Carer Card holders qualify for concession priced tickets to all events.


If you are having trouble reading this website, you can request a large print version of the Program Guide.

Email us at access@festival.melbourne or call 03 9662 4242 and we will send you a copy in Word or PDF format.