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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2020 will not go ahead.

With great sadness we must announce that following the Prime Minister’s statement about non-essential mass gatherings, the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival will not go ahead.

The success of our Festival is in the way that comedy transforms our city for the inspiration and entertainment of hundreds of thousands of comedy lovers.

Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our artists and participants, staff and audiences. Cancelling the Festival is heartbreaking but the only decision possible to support the community’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ticketholders will be notified shortly regarding refunds.

We’re devastated by the news, thank everyone for their understanding and support and look forward to sharing a laugh with you again soon.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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Frequently Asked Questions

Refunds are not available unless the performance is cancelled or if permitted in accordance with the LPA Code of Practice for the Ticketing of Live Entertainment Events in Australia.

Exchanges are only permitted under specific circumstances. For more information on refunds and exchanges, please see our Ticketing Terms and Conditions or call our Contact Centre on 1300 182 183.

At present, we don’t offer print-at-home ticketing but there are several options for receiving your tickets: Regular post (up until one week prior to your performance); Express or Registered Post (extra fees apply); and Venue Collection (from our Box Office right up until show time). Please note: Tickets booked less than one week prior to your performance are only available as "Venue Collection".
When collecting tickets, you need your Order Number and the credit card used for the booking. You may also be asked for photo ID and must always bring a valid concession card for tickets purchased at concession rates. Someone else can collect your tickets (except for performances at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl) provided we have received prior authorisation from you (call 1300 182 183 to organise this) and whoever collects the tickets has order details and photo ID with them when collecting.

If your booking was made directly through Arts Centre Melbourne you can collect tickets from our main Box Office in the Theatres Building (under the Spire) Monday - Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm from the priority queue or from the Hamer Hall Box Office Monday - Sunday, 10:00am to 5:45pm. You can collect any time after you have received confirmation of your order at either location. If you're collecting within 2 - 3 hours of the performance time, please go straight to the venue you're attending.

Any bookings not made through Arts Centre Melbourne direct (for example, through our Resident Companies or authorised ticketing agencies) can only be collected one hour prior to the performance start time, from the venue you are attending.

If you’re collecting in the hour-and-a-half before the show for the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, please proceed to Gate 1, unless signaled onsite to an alternative area.

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