Coburg Carnivale

Coburg Carnivale

Coburg comes alive with a spectacular array of colour and culture.

Coburg Carnivale 2018

Coburg Carnivale is an annual event that celebrates the diverse community of Coburg.

Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, this free one-day program will showcase brand new artworks and experiences created especially for Carnivale by local artists. Festivals Moreland supported the development of these new works, which also debuted as part of the recent Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Coburg CarnivaleIn this site-specific participatory experience you will take to the streets and deliver food to real houses in Coburg, getting glimpses into the lives of your customers.

Armed with a roadmap, insulated delivery bag and signature nomnomnom visor, your task is to complete a series of home deliveries before your shift ends. But as one customer pulls you into her house, you discover there’s more to your job than meets the eye.

Created by Roshelle Fong, a multi-disciplinary artist and emerging producer in Malthouse Theatre’s 2018 Besen Family Artist Program, Nomnomnom is an interactive journey into the newest and oldest houses on Australia’s suburban streets, and the deep desires of the people who live there.

Auslan Interpretation available for 1 pm session. 

FREE - Bookings essential. To book tickets visit Melbourne Fringe Festival.


Coburg CarnivaleThe Imaginarium celebrates the extraordinary life of Mr E.W.Cole.

Most remembered for ‘Cole's Funny Picture Books’, this picture puzzle book provocateur changed the fabric of Melbourne as we know it, promoting books, education, fun, and cultural diversity.

This performance, combining recorded audio and installations, travels through the Victoria Mall, the Coburg library, and our unique Gypsy Wagon, sharing the love of stories and books through dreamscape dioramas, intriguing puzzles, books and magical paper art filled with ideas of flying machines, world federation, and equality for all.

As September marks the 100th year of Cole's passing, we toast this radical utopian thinker of the 1880s, honouring his foresight and contribution to the wondrously diverse Melbourne we enjoy today. 

Created by the Theatre Research Institute in association with Anthea Davis and Erick Mitsak.

Auslan Interpretation available for 11.15 am session. 

Image courtesy of Theatre Research Institute

FREE - Bookings essential. To book tickets visit Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Temple of the Wind

Coburg CarnivaleImmerse yourself in the Temple of the Wind, an installation celebrating wind through art, technology and mythology.

Make your own wind toys to contribute to the temple’s playful interactive space.
Temple of the Wind inspires us to think about harnessing wind and other natural eenergy sources for the future and to create spaces that are brought to life through wind.

FREE. Drop in anytime. All materials provided. 

Created by Sandra Fiona Long and Joanne Mott with local community.

Auslan Interpretation available for 12 - 1 pm. 

Image courtesy of ArtPlay

To book an Auslan Interpreter please email Festivals

11 am - 3 pm Second Stitch: Pop-up store, demonstrations and interactive activities.

Artist standing in front of 'compliments' displayed on wall11 am - 3 pm Complimentary Couch: Presented by Rose Turtle Ertler: A positively heart tingling experience! Sink into a comfy couch while bathing in a soundtrack of sincere compliments collected from folks just like you. Restore your faith in humanity and take heed of Mark Twain who apparently declared, 'I can live for two months on a good compliment'.



11.30 am Teddy Bears Picnic Sing-A-Long Story time: Presented by Pictures and Pages (local) Bookstore. Make sure you bring along your Teddy!

poet on typewriter on street corner11 am – 3 pm Typewriter Poet in Residence: Custom poems typed on the spot for visitors on an old-school typewriter! Angelina Stanton is a spontaneous street poet who works from a street corner office, finding words for those who seek to express themselves. Every poem is a shared experience!

11.30 am – 2.30 pm Anna’s Mystical Readings: Read your past, present and future like an open book; telling the truth that only the palm can reveal.

artist writing words on glass with white texta

12 pm – 3 pm The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A project being presented as part of the upcoming 2018 MoreArt program, Illimine artists Malcolm Angelucci and Majella Thomas, will write 10km of linked poems, on the white line that divides the Upfield Path, from Park street in Brunswick up to Fawkner Cemetery. A Narrow Road to the Deep North is an appreciation of the urban landscape, a chance to collect and share stories about place, and a way to weave together the suburbs that compose Moreland and its peoples. We need your help: tell us your story, link it with the one that came before you!


2017 Coburg Carnivale photo gallery

Check out the highlights from the 2017 Coburg Carnivale.

2017 Coburg Carnivale video

Suitable for

All ages


Moreland City Council
Phone: 9240 1111

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