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Regional Victoria
We Will Slam You With Our Wings
Girls command stances of power, framed within seven supersized screens, in this thought-provoking digital, operatic artwork by Joanna Dudley. Each screen depicts a 19th-century colonial imperialistic portrait but with one noticeable difference. Instead of the lavish depiction of white powerful men, a young girl between the age of 8 to 16 stands in her own regalia and commands her own stance of power. These young girls combined are the leaders, the army, the chorus, the pack, the collective, and the future voice. Opening on The International Day of the Girl, this work forces us to reflect on the symbolism inherent in 19th century imperialist depictions of men in positions of power, as we see six girls take their place – a choral collective of emergent power, a force to be reckoned with. In a defiant rebuke of the ghosts of misogynists’ past, this inspiring blend of opera and videography steals from history’s most renowned opera arias for the dying dramatic soprano. The tragic fates of Dido, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Salome, Brünnhilde and Suor Angelica, however, take a decided turn for the better. Rather than being led to their deaths as we have grown to expect, this female army leads you to watch them loudly, conquer. Joanna Dudley is the war mistress and chieftain. Encouraging the girls to take autonomy over their own voices and to create the world afresh. Notorious patriotic speeches from the world’s male leaders and dictators, proclaiming the declaration of war are also not left unscathed, recast into a feminist war cry echoing through the ages. WE WILL SLAM YOU WITH OUR WINGS is a show of intergenerational solidarity, strength and power that speaks to the past, the present, and the future. Live session times Experience the video and live immersive audio daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. (Session duration: 22 minutes). Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on nearby plinths and listen to the associated immersive soundscape via your own device and headphones. Every 30 minutes from 11am to 10pm. (Please note on 11 October you can experience the video and live immersive audio every 30 minutes from 7pm to 10pm) About the artist Joanna Dudley (AUS) works internationally creating performance, choreography and installation. She is known for her groundbreaking collaborations with the visual artist William Kentridge and composer Philip Miller for work shown at venues such as Berlin Martin Gropius Bau, the Louisianna Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the TATE Modern’s Turbine Hall, the Park Avenue Armoury New York, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the English National Opera. Other collaborators include Seiji Ozawa, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Thomas Ostermeier.
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11 Oct — 31 OctAtrium
20th Anniversary
Exhibitions + Showcases
Celebrating 20 Years of Fed Square
It’s our birthday! Come celebrate with a month of activity – featuring world-first commissions, exhibitions and giveaways – celebrating the history, architecture and stories of Melbourne’s gathering place. Fed Square opened to the public on 26 October, 2002 – with a grand aspiration to create a central, public square in Melbourne, on the banks of our beloved Birrarung. Since that date, our distinct design has courted controversy and global attention, we’ve been voted among the top 10 public squares in the world, and seen more than 100 million visitors gather, dine, protest and party on our sandstone cobblestones. The significance of the site on which Fed Square is built is much longer than 20 years, so as we celebrate our ‘building birthday’, and our very recent recognition as one of the world’s youngest heritage-listed buildings, we look back and reflect upon the Indigenous history of the site as a gathering place for the people of the Kulin Nations – the oldest continuing culture in the world. Come join with us to celebrate the past, present and future of Fed Square – with events, digital content to explore and opportunities to share your own Fed Square stories. It’ll be a big party, we promise!
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1 Oct — 31 Oct
20th Anniversary
A Score for Fed Square
Join us on our birthday for the world-premiere of Mia Salsjö’s new orchestral work, A Score for Fed Square, composed to celebrate our distinctive architecture. Responding to detailed architectural drawings, architects’ annotations and build material selections, composer Mia Salsjö has translated and interpreted these hand-drawn and machine-made lines, transforming them into a code. The musical composition has emerged in the spaces between the architectural plans, the Fed Square site and the artist’s method of interpretation. This work has been commissioned by Fed Square and the National Gallery of Victoria, in collaboration with Mia Salsjö and will be performed by musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. About the artist Mia Salsjö is an Australian artist and composer of Albanian-Swedish descent. Salsjö orchestrates multi-disciplinary art projects, encompassing drawing, music composition, text, performance, video, and textile-based works. Her practice is grounded in complex code-based systems. The systems are devised by Salsjö as a means of linking diverse media to an underlying linguistic system. It is through this process that Salsjö reflects on the elusive nature of communication – its potentialities, triumphs, failures, past, present and future. Salsjö’s work has been performed and presented in many exhibitions, most recently The Quietude, developed in 2020 in response to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Modes of Translation at the 13th Biennale de la Habana, Cuba 2019 and The Score at Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne in 2017. She currently holds a Gertrude Contemporary studio in Melbourne, Australia.
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26 OctMain Square
20th Anniversary
Free Events
Music
20 Years of Culture
An NFT art exhibition collaboration with Oshi Gallery, presenting new works by 20 Australian artists, inspired by Fed Square. We’ve partnered with Oshi Gallery to commission 20 new NFT artworks by renowned Australian artists, all inspired by Fed Square’s location, design, and historical and cultural significance. The digital exhibition will launch on 17 October, and we’ll be showcasing the works on our Big Screen throughout the month. For art-lovers and collectors, you will also be able to purchase one of these unique pieces of history! Stay tuned for more information. https://oshi.gallery/ Image credit: Jasmine Mansbridge and Xenin  
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17 Oct — 31 Oct
20th Anniversary
Arts and Culture
HEXADECA
In partnership with Melbourne Fringe Festival, come explore a colourful playground of music and interactive art. HEXADECA is a participatory music-making playground installation that premiered at WOMADelaide 2022 to rave reviews and recently received a Merit Award from the Designers Australia Awards 2022. The work is a large-scale installation by Adelaide based creative studio Pulsing Heart, led by Joren Dawson and Gravity & Other Myths founder Jascha Boyce. The duo behind the company insist that everyone, young and old, go ahead and touch the art! A cluster of sixteen custom built translucent bucket spinner playground seats of various sizes sit empty and silent. As someone approaches the installation and begins to spin, 1/16th of the musical score plays. As another participant joins, another segment of the score is heard, aligning seamlessly with the already audible track until all 16 seats are spinning and the music is heard in its entirety. Credits: Artist and creative producer: Joren Dawson Producer: Jascha Boyce Design + production lead: Jake Jenkins of Transit Studio Design + technical consultant: Simon Modra Tech wizard: David Musch of Mapped Design Coding + hardware support: NextFaze Music by: Aurora (Young Adelaide Voices) x Keira Simmons, Tim Koch, Belinda Gehlert, Kiah Gossner, Lewis But-Husaim, Rob Edwards, Adam Page and Tom Thum
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14 Oct — 23 OctSwanston St Forecourt
20th Anniversary
Free Events
Garage Band
Out of the garage and on to the main stage! ALWAYS LIVE and internationally acclaimed artist Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) team up to create a stunning new show that gives up to 30 young garage bands the opportunity to perform live in the centre of Melbourne! Part Block party, part live music TV show, this world premiere allows a platform and opportunity for over 100 young people that have missed out on so much during the pandemic lockdowns, giving them an opportunity to be seen and heard by Melbourne city. Come along and be inspired by the next generation of rock stars and stick around to see the headliners as we take over Fed Square! Joseph O’Farrell (JOF) is an internationally renowned artist working across performance, installation and socially-engaged live art practice. His work has toured across Australia and the UK, including the TATE Modern (UK), Southbank Centre (UK), Sydney Festival and more. JOF specialises in creating unique large-scale installation and music works with and for communities, bringing people together in hilarious and unlikely situations. You may have seen his smash hit, THOSE WHO ROCK at Hammer Hall which brought together 500 amateur guitarists. Visit here to submit an expression of interest: https://www.alwayslive.com.au/get-involved For more information at ALWAYS LIVE visit here: https://www.alwayslive.com.au/ Image credit: Pia Johnson
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22 OctMain Square
Free Events
Music
Big Screen Gaming - Mario Kart Tournament
This Melbourne International Games Week head down to Fed Square to play Mario Kart on the Big Screen in The Edge! It’s time to test your skills in SUPERSIZE, folks. For Melbourne International Games Week, you can join in our Big Screen King of Kart Tournament, battling your rivals to be the first over the finish line. It’s entirely FREE to play, but you will need to register as there are only limited spots available (first in best-dressed). Time to brush up on your turns because this will be a whole new experience. As the pressure mounts, with the thrill of spectators watching your every move … will you rise to the challenge? Prizes: 1st Prize – 1 x Nintendo Switch OLED, 1 x pro controller, 1 x $200 JB HIFI voucher 2nd Prize – $100 JB HIFI voucher 3rd Prize – $50 JB HIFI voucher Ages: 12 and above We’ll also have the following arcade machines for the public to play from 2pm til 6 pm: 2 x Mario Kart Arcade two player machines 2 x Daytona Classic two player machines. And some tasty freebies too: Free coffee and popcorn from 2pm–6pm (or until we run out) Free hotdogs from 4pm–6pm (or until we run out). The event is a not-for-profit community based event and is not in any way affiliated with, or sponsored by, Nintendo or any of the affiliates or licensors. For more information about Melbourne International Games Week visit: https://gamesweek.melbourne/
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8 OctThe Edge
Free Events
20 Days of Giveaways
It’s our birthday! Enjoy 20 Days of Giveaways, plus offers and specials all month long.  In the lead-up to our birthday on 26 October, we’ve got some incredible daily giveaways. Simply head to Fed Square, snap a pic and share your photo with us for your chance to win! Tag #20daysofgiveaways and mention @fed.square on Instagram, or submit your pics via The People’s Place. We’ll contact a winner each day. While you’re here, we’ve got some fab food and beverage offers for you to enjoy, every single day in October. Check out all the prizes and offers below! OFFERS: 1 – 31 October Riverland – ‘Birthday Cake Martini’ with vanilla vodka and 100s & 1000s, $18 Riverland – Steak/Schnitzel Lunch Special (eggplant option available) Mon-Fri, 12–3pm, $20 Transport Bar – ‘Fed Square Royale’ special cocktail, $20 Beer DeLuxe – Cellar Mans Selection beers 20% off Chocolate Buddha – Salmon Haku Meal, 6-piece nigiri-style sushi with salmon and celebration style house made sriracha sauce, $26 Mama’s canteen – ‘Pomegranate Margarita’, $20 20 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS: 7 – 26 October  7 October – 1 x Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise for two with Melbourne River Cruises ($290 value) 8 October – 1 x Who Are You? Publication plus $50 gift voucher to NGVA café ($120 value) 9 October – 1 x Family Cruise for ten with Yarra River Cruises ($280 value) 10 October – 1 x Story of the Moving Image Publication, 1 x ACMI membership ($100 value) 11 October – 1 x Bottomless Brunch Cruise for two with Melbourne River Cruises ($290 value) 12 October – 1 x Bottomless Package for two at Riverland ($110 value) 13 October – 1 x NGV design store gift package ($300 value) 14 October – 1 x $150 Hero dining voucher ($150 value) 15 October – 1 x Banquet for two at Mama’s Canteen ($120 value) 16 October – 1 x Gin High Tea for two at Pilgrim Bar ($150 value) 17 October – 1 x Cocktail Cruise for three with Yarra River Cruises ($210 value) 18 October – 1 x Light Exhibition family pass at ACMI ($120 value) 19 October – 1 x $100 gift voucher for Chocolate Buddha ($100 value) 20 October – 1 x Sightseeing Melbourne Highlight Cruise for four with Melbourne River Cruises ($145 value) 21 October – 1 x Dinner for four at Taxi Kitchen ($420 value) 22 October – 1 x $100 gift voucher for Chocolate Buddha ($100 value) 23 October – 1 x Bottomless Cocktail Cruise for five with Yarra River Cruises ($370 value) 24 October – 1 x City to Williamstown Return Cruise for four with Melbourne River Cruises ($110 value) 25 October – 1 x ACMI Light Exhibition double pass ($60 value) 26 October – 1 x NGV Family Membership ($165 value) Please download our terms and conditions here.
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1 Oct — 31 Oct
20th Anniversary
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Explore major cultural attractions including NGV, ACMI and Koorie Heritage Trust. Discover retail shopping and dine at the best restaurants and bars in Melbourne including Chocolate Buddha, Taxi Kitchen and Beer Deluxe. Fed Square has it all.

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The People's Place
Your digital memory board where you can share your special experiences of Fed Square
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Fed Cam
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The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Showcasing Aboriginal and Modern Australian Art
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Lunchtime Meditation
Fed Square’s regular meditation classes have gone online
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Koorie Heritage Trust
Discover the history of Aboriginal Victoria and South-East Australia
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Venue Hire
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Fed Square is Anything But Square
Told you we had something special brewing...
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futurefoodsystem
The Sims meets Farmville in a living food factory at Fed Square. Intrigued?
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The best restaurants and bars in Melbourne are at Fed Square.

If you’re looking for the best places to eat in Melbourne, Fed Square’s bars, cafes and restaurants are second to none. Time to get your nosh on.

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Mama's Canteen
Mama’s kitchen is cooking up a Middle Eastern feast!
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Riverland Bar & Cafe
An iconic Melbourne bar and cafe nestled in the historic Federation Wharf vaults
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Time Out
Where Melbourne meets
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Pilgrim Bar (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Intimate waterfront venue
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Transport Public Bar
Melbourne's boutique bar that has it all
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Victoria by Farmer's Daughters
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