Access

We want MWF to be an amazing experience for everyone. Browse this page for more information about special access requirements.

MWF has made every effort to ensure events take place in accessible venues.

Every venue has a venue page on this website, which provides information on its access features, and how to get there. Click here for detailed accessibility information for each of the Festival venues.

Our volunteers are happy to assist with way-finding at venues for those with low vision and some MWF18 events will be Auslan interpreted, however if you have further access requirements or questions please tell us when you book your tickets, or contact our Box Office on 03 9999 1199.

Access

Assisted listening

Most venues in Fed Square have Audio Induction Loops and/or assistive listening technology. Please refer to individual venue and session pages for specific availability.

Auslan interpretation

Some of our events will be Auslan interpreted – find the list here.

If you would like to request an Auslan interpreter at any other Festival event, please contact us by Friday 10 August with details of which sessions you would like to attend with Auslan interpretation. We will provide interpretation at as many requested events as possible, prioritising the most requested events. We will reserve tickets for you while we arrange an interpreter; we will tell you whether interpretation has been confirmed and will be provided, so you can then purchase your tickets.

Wheelchair access

All Festival venues are wheelchair accessible.

To reserve a wheelchair accessible space, please tell us your requirements when you book your tickets, or by contacting our box office on 03 9999 1199.

Companion card

MWF accepts the Companion Card. Companion Card holders may book in person at our box office, via phone on 03 9999 1199 or email to ticketing(at)mwf.com.au. A copy of your valid Companion Card is required.

For more information, visit our FAQs.

Service Animals

Trained guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome at all Festival venues.

Low Vision

Reserved seating is available for patrons with low vision. When buying tickets online, enter your request when prompted at the checkout, or call (03) 9999 1199 to arrange these seats.

Plain Text Program

You can download a large, plain text version of the 2018 program by clicking here. You can also request for it to be posted to you by emailing ticketing(at)mwf.com.au.

Venues

Fed Square

The undulating surface of Fed Square’s main plaza is made up of sandstone cobblestones, with a marked access path. Festival venues Deakin Edge, MWF box office and Festival bookshop are all accessed via the Atrium, which has a smooth tiled floor. The best entrance to the Atrium is off Flinders Street.

Accessible bathrooms are located near the visitor information centre in the main plaza, and in the Atrium.

Deakin Edge

Deakin Edge has lift access and is wheelchair accessible. Arrangements can also be made to enter from the Fed Square car park. Accessible bathrooms can be found in The Atrium, located next to Deakin Edge.

Hearing loops are provided in The Atrium, Deakin Edge.

Fed Square has its own multi-level car park, which is accessible from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension – City Link). The Fed Square car park is open 24 hours and has accessible spaces located next to the lift on each level.

ACMI

Wheelchair access is made easy through the following entry points at ACMI:

Galleries level (ground floor)
Enter via the ramp from Flinders Street. To the left of the rotating doors; press the button next to glass doors for an automatic entrance.

Accessibility entrance (galleries floor)
Take the path from Flinders St, between the main ACMI entrance and Beer DeLuxe. Enter via the glass doors, take the lift to get into the building, to Level One.

Level One
Enter via our entrance from the centre of Fed Square.
Accessible bathrooms are located on the Galleries Level and on Level One. All levels can be accessed by lifts.

Hearing loops are available from the the information desk.

Animal Church at 524 Flinders

Animal Church is wheelchair accessible and provides access to accessible bathrooms.

Mission to Seafarers

Mission to Seafarers is wheelchair accessible, with access via the Siddeley Street entrance.

Accessible bathrooms are located outside the building.