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A Kaleidoscope Of Fun And Free Experiences Are Coming To Fed Square This Summer

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

A Kaleidoscope Of Fun And Free Experiences Are Coming To Fed Square This Summer

There’s just no rest for Fed Square. After a truly magical festive season, this iconic city destination is zooming full speed ahead into the summer, so that you can have some fun under the sun.

“Fed Square is putting on over 160 free events, including impressive art installations, film screenings, major live performances and thought-provoking exhibitions this summer,” said Fed Square CEO Caroline Ralphsmith. “We are bringing iconic, colourful scenes from around Victoria to our doorstep to celebrate Victorian creativity and to continue to reenergise the heart of the city.”

Here’s what’s going on at Fed Square, from January 14 and onwards throughout the summer.

1. CUPID’S Koi Garden by ENESS

See the world’s first inflatable, five-metre fountain of Koi fish at Fed Square. In this outdoor, interactive playground, you’ll be delighted by this inflatable fountain. Cupid is at the centre of the installation, squirting water and beating the summer heat. Meanwhile, he will be surrounded by massive, colourful Koi fish.

Find this fountain from January 21 to February 6.

2. Urban Silo Trail

Inspired by Victoria’s silo art trail, embark on your own little journey at Fed Square. Curated by Juddy Roller, renowned street artists Adnate, Kitt Bennett and Jimmy Dvate will transform miniature wheat silos into beautiful pieces of art.

Discover this homage to the silo art trail between January 21 and March 31.

3. Fed Summer Films

There will be a rotating program of classic films, so you can enjoy a nostalgic, outdoor cinema experience. Expect movies like Jaws, Jurassic Park, Muriel’s Wedding and more from January 15 to 26.

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On the big screen, there will also be screenings of major sporting events, including the Australian Open, Super Bowl, AFLW and Winter Olympics.

4. Fed Live

Enjoy free gigs on Fed Square’s main stage this summer. Expect performances by Grammy-nominated, Australian jazz and funk band Hiatus Kaiyote, alt-pop artist Dylan J, songstress Bumpy, soul-pop artist AKOSIA and Melbourne rock trio The Grogans. There will also be a special tribute to the legendary Daft Punk, with DJ Andy Murphy and Daft Punk Discovery lighting up the main stage on Saturday January 15.

Listen to live music from January 14 to April 14.

5. Candlelight Concert Series with Fever

You’ve been wowed by Fever’s Candlelight Concerts before, in iconic venues like The Astor Theatre, The Timber Yard and The Athenaeum Theatre. Now, they will illuminate Fed Square by candlelight, in a free, open-air concert series, so that more Melburnians can bask in the gentle glow. Listen to classical musicians perform a wide range of songs, from Bach to The Beatles, on February 14, 18 and 26.

6. Reconstruct (the) Normative by Soraya Zaman

Inside The Atrium, there will be a large-scale bridge installation featuring a thought-provoking photography exhibition. This exhibit explores gender and sexuality, and features a snapshot of the journeys across the transmasculine spectrum by photographer Soraya Zaman. Ponder over this exhibit from January 28 to February 10.

7. Connecting Worlds with Words

In this grassroots, livestreamed event, 12 poets will explore the theme of connection across three locations, Fed Square, Bunjil Place in the City of Casey, and Aotea Square in Auckland. Listen to the live spoken word performances on February 19.

8. Fed Oasis

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Sit comfortably at Fed Square with redesigned deck chairs by three prominent graffiti artists. Then, spin around on fun rotational chairs by architectural designer Thomas Heatherwick. First Nations artist Robert Michael Young has also joined in on the colourful makeover, with a fresh design on the giant Fed Square letters. While you relax, keep an eye out for free ice cream, special giveaways, impromptu performances and more.

Try out these new comfy seats from January 14.

Keep an eye on Fed Square’s free summer program here.

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