What is Broadside?

Broadside is a new feminist ideas festival from the Wheeler Centre. Over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November at Melbourne Town Hall, Broadside will present two days of unabashedly feminist programming, spotlighting a remarkable line-up of international and local speakers, and delivering a powerfully feminist agenda.


Can I buy books at Broadside?

Absolutely! You can't build a community without a place to buy books. Between sessions, browse and shop in our dedicated space run by the team from Neighbourhood Books, a woman-owned independent bookstore in Northcote. Leesa Lambert and her team of knowledgeable and friendly staff join us at Broadside to share their recommendations from – and inspired by – the weekend’s programme.


Can I get my book signed?

Most of the authors will be signing books in the foyer directly after their event. (Helen Garner will not be available for signings; signed copies of Helen's latest book will be available in the festival bookshop.) Please refer to the book signing schedule in the foyer at the festival for details.


Can I buy food and drinks?

Club Skunk is the place to meet up with friends, hang out between sessions and plan the spectacular obliteration of the patriarchy. What could be better than that? Named after the lesbian bar in 10 Things I Hate About You, it’s a loving tribute to Kat Stratford and all the gloriously complex and brilliant feminists in our lives. Club Skunk will have alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for sale, and some snacks available for purchase.  


Will there be bag checks?

Bag checks will take place upon entry at Melbourne Town Hall. If you’d prefer not to have your bags checked before every event you attend, there are cloak room facilities available at Melbourne Town Hall, where you can leave your bags during each day. For your own convenience, we discourage backpacks at this event. 


Can I bring my kids?

Broadside aims to be an inclusive space, and we welcome kids under three free of charge. PWe encourage parents to bring babes in arms to our events.

For baby change rooms, you are welcome to use our quiet room, located on L2 of the Melbourne Town Hall. It is accessible via a lift and also via stairs. Please see the venue map or contact Wheeler Centre staff for directions/to be escorted up there. There are also dedicated baby change rooms just outside the venue, next to the public toilets on Collins Street.

Breast-feeding is welcomed during sessions and also at Club Skunk, as well as in the quiet room on Level 2.

Children on the knee are free, but if they need a seat they’ll need a concession ticket. Children are not permitted to sit on the floor.

Please note that the two-day festival will feature events exploring complex questions, mature themes and probably a bunch of swearing. The content of the Broadside weekend programme is not directed towards children. However, children are welcome to attend with their parents/guardians. If you are unsure about whether or not the content is suitable for your child, please contact us at ticketing@wheelercentre.com.

All sessions at Broadside are relaxed environments.

Parents are responsible for children in attendance at the weekend programme of Broadside.


What if I can’t come to the full weekend (or a full day)?

The 3-Plus Pass is a great way to see a few events across a day (or a weekend), and to take advantage of a discounted ticket rate.


Is there parking available?

There is some time-restricted street parking around Melbourne Town Hall, as well as various off-street car parks within a block or two, including the 199 Little Collins Street Parking, 200 Little Collins Street Garage, Scots Church, Victoria Hotel Car Park, 189 Flinders Lane and 233-239 Collins Street Parking.

There are also bicycle racks outside the building on Swanston and Collins Streets. To learn more about public transport options, visit Getting there.


I have access requirements. How do I request this?

Please visit our Accessibility page.



How can I book tickets?

Tickets can be booked online only at this website – broadside.wheelercentre.com.

Each event page has a link to single event tickets, and links to any passes available for that session.

If you have trouble booking online or need assistance, call the Wheeler Centre’s reception on 03 9094 7800, or email reception@wheelercentre.com. (Please note, our hours are 9am–5pm weekdays.)


What is a pass, and how do I book one?

A pass offers you a discount on tickets to multiple events at Broadside. Passes are on sale from 12pm, Monday 16 September until sold out. 

Weekend Pass

Save 25% on single tickets to ten sessions across the weekend. (Due to the limited capacity of Up Late, this session is only available by purchasing single tickets.)

Saturday or Sunday Day Pass

Save 15% on single tickets when you purchase a day pass for five sessions.

3-Plus Pass

Save 10% on single tickets when you purchase tickets to three or more eligible events across the weekend. Please note that this discount is not available for Up Late or Monica Lewinsky.

Start out by purchasing a pass – or simply book single tickets to three or more eligible sessions, and the discount will be automatically applied to your order.

If you’re booking the same set of events for more than one person, start with a 3-Plus Pass. Choose the number and type of tickets you’ll need, then proceed to select your sessions. (We find this easiest if you add all of them first, then subtract the ones you don’t want.)

Single tickets

Single tickets will be available to purchase at broadside.wheelercentre.com, from 12pm Monday 23 September. 


How do I add more events to my cart?

Once you’ve added an event or pass to your cart and signed in to your account (or entered your details into the guest checkout), you may continue browsing and selecting more events. Click the link that appears at the top of the booking screen, or open broadside.wheelercentre.com (most simply, in another browser window) to find more events.


How do I know what’s in my cart?

From within our booking system’s pages, click ‘View cart’. Elsewhere? Click here.


Why isn’t Up Late available in a pass?

Due to a smaller venue (and therefore, limited capacity), this event is being sold as a $10 single ticket only.


Who’s eligible for concession tickets?

Pensioners, Seniors, Unemployed/Health Care Card, Students and people under 30. See our ticket terms and conditions for more details.

The Wheeler Centre concession is open to those that need it. If you can afford full-price tickets, we appreciate that you do.

We also welcome donations at the time of booking – these help us to deliver free and low-cost programming.



The Wheeler Centre adheres to the Code of Practice for the Ticketing of Live Events in Australia (see www.liveperformance.com.au for details).

As such, refunds, cancellations and exchanges will not be offered, except as required by law and according to the Code of Practice.


Who’s eligible for community tickets?

The Wheeler Centre is offering First Nations people free tickets to Broadside. Please email ticketing@wheelercentre.com if you would like to attend.


What are the Wheeler Centre’s booking fees?

A one-off transaction fee of $4.00 applies per order. You can book as many tickets as you like, and the fee remains the same. This fee covers the costs associated with providing ticketing services, and are inclusive of credit card fees.


How do I create an account?

When booking tickets to Wheeler Centre events, you’ll be prompted to create an account (or login to an existing one).

You can also create an account at any time by clicking ‘Account’ in the top-left corner of any page on wheelercentre.com.

There’s also a guest checkout option available. We recommend creating an account to help you manage your orders, subscriptions and more.


How do I reset my password?

If you forget your password, you’ll be offered a link to reset it whilst making a booking.

You can also reset your password by clicking ‘Account’ in the top-left corner of any page on wheelercentre.com, and choosing ‘Update account information’. Click ‘Retrieve password’, follow the prompts, and you should be able to login.


Where can I find the tickets I've booked?

All tickets are emailed from ticketing@wheelercentre.com. You’ll receive two emails per order:

  • An email with the subject line ‘Your order from the Wheeler Centre’ contains your booking confirmation and receipt.

  • An email with the subject line ‘Your tickets from the Wheeler Centre’ contains a PDF attachment of your tickets.


Do I need to print my tickets?

There's no need to print; you can simply display the PDF barcode on your phone. Turn your device brightness up – it'll help our ushers scan your tickets on entry.


Teen Day

What is Broadside Teen Day?

Broadside is an unapologetically feminist ideas festival that has humour and empathy at its heart.

Our Teen Day offers participants the opportunity to talk, listen and create alongside some incredible feminist guests from Australia and around the world.

Who can attend Broadside Teen Day?

Broadside is open to teens aged between 14 and 16 years. There are limited spaces at this event, so while expressions of interest are welcome from all teens, preference will be given to girls and gender non-conforming teens from public schools. We particularly welcome expressions of interest from people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQIA+, or as having disability. 

How can I book tickets?

If you haven’t received a link to our expression of interest form and would like to enquire about attending Broadside Teen Day, please contact Bec Kavanagh: bec.kavanagh@wheelercentre.com

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring to Broadside is yourself. Tickets to Teen Day are free, and teens who attend will receive:

  • Transport to and from school;

  • Lunch and snacks for the day;

  • A Broadside tote bag, with everything you’ll need for the day and more;

  • Tickets to the weekend programme (if you’re interested!)

Can adults attend Broadside Teen Day?

Broadside Teen Day is not open to the general public, but adults attending as supervisors or support people with teens are very welcome. Please advise Bec Kavanagh if you would like to attend in this capacity.

Supervisors and support people will be able to access wifi and desk space at the Wheeler Centre if required, and will be provided with tea, coffee and lunch on the day.

Access information 

Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online. Accessibility and inclusion are at the core of Broadside. 

For more information on accessibility at Broadside Teen Day, visit https://www.wheelercentre.com/about-us/accessibility or contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or email ticketing@wheelercentre.com


Mental health support

Wheeler Centre staff will provide support to their groups on the day, with additional mental health support on hand as needed. Teens are welcome to step out of sessions at any time, and to make use of the quiet room provided.