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Australia Day

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Thursday 26 January 2023
10am - late


Main Square




Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

This Australia Day public holiday, Fed Square in partnership with the Victorian Government, are presenting a day of inclusive, family friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

You’ll find a wide range of fun and engaging activities for the whole family. The Atrium will be home to a community workshop zone, while The Edge will feature stage productions that are perfect for all ages. The Main Stage will host a variety of music performances, and the day will end with a screening of the AO Women’s Semi Final at 7:30pm.

And that’s not all! We’ll have food trucks on site all day, plus a variety of freebies* like coffee and smoothies, ice creams, and popcorn. And best of all, all of these activities are completely free, so you can enjoy a day of family fun without breaking the bank. So mark your calendars and join us at Fed Square on 26 January!

*while stocks last.

Stage Program

Kofi Kunkpe Music


Get ready to groove and move with Kofi Kunkpe Music (KKM). KKM brings the best African artists from Ghana, Gambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to showcase traditional instruments and street dance performances. Join in on the fun and experience the rich culture of Africa.

Junkyard Beats


Using recycled materials and ordinary household objects, this talented crew will turn pots, pans, sticks, and more into musical instruments and get you moving with their dynamic performance. You won’t believe the sounds they can create. And at the end of the show, you’ll have the chance to join in the fun and participate in an epic jam with your very own recycled instruments.

Footscray Gypsy Orchestra


The Footscray Gypsy Orchestra bring the sounds and songs from Eastern Europe to the Balkans and beyond celebrating music from the regions in a dozen regional and national languages. Inspiring, evocative, exuberant and heartwarming – this group delivers in spades.

Crown Heights


Formed in 2019, Crown Heights are a a six-piece reggae band based in Melbourne. This diverse group brings together members from Jamaica, London, New Zealand, Brazil, Samoa, and Sri Lanka to create a unique and global sound. Fronted by three lead vocalists, including Marvin Priest, son of legendary reggae artist Maxi Priest, this band features some of Melbourne’s top musicians.

Soul Brazil


A journey through the vibrant cultures of South and Central America, with dance styles ranging from lambada and samba to salsa and capoeira, Soul Brazil will transport you from Brazil to Cuba and beyond. Founded with the goal of sharing the true culture of South America with the world, they are not to be missed. Get ready to experience the passion and energy of this beautiful part of the world through dance!

The Daryle McKenzie Orchestra are standing in a room together with Daryl at the front all wearing suits and holding their instruments
Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra

5pm-7pm (90 minutes with a break)

The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra is an Australian cultural icon, bringing together Melbourne’s most exceptional instrumentalists to perform original jazz music as well as accompany some of the country’s finest local and international performances across multiple genres and mediums.

People sitting on the fake turf at Fed Square watching the Australian Open on the digital facade
Australian Open Semi Finals

7:30pm-until end of play

Finish the evening by sitting back and relaxing in one of our comfy deck chairs watch the world’s best tennis pros battle it out at Melbourne Park on the Big Screen.

Activities & Workshops

Inventi presents The Wild Adventures of Peer Gynt!

10am-10.45am | Atrium

Follow the wild adventures of Peer Gynt through storytelling and music with Inventi Ensemble, masters of interactive and dynamic shows for children. Hear about Peer’s adventures with trolls and magic castles, desert exploring and shipwrecks on the high seas. This event is suitable for the whole family!

Tickets are not required.

Alphabet of Awesome Science!

11am-12pm | The Edge

A scientific race through the alphabet — where awesome words inspire awesome science! 

Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet — where sesquipedalian words inspire mind-blowing scientific surprises! It’s a tongue-twisting race from A to Z that’s equal parts explosive, messy, hilarious, fascinating and gross. Brace yourself for an hour of carefully crafted alphabetical, scientifical (award-winning!) chaos — that floats, flies, squirts, sprays, ignites and erupts!

Tickets are not required.

Reflection – Playable Streets

10am-9pm | Main Square

It’s time to reflect, on a year, on a thought, on anything at all! Reflection is a space for people to reflect both literally and metaphorically and we need your help.

Reflection is a large-scale interactive installation that invites participants to draw and write on brightly coloured mirrored acrylic panels. Reflection encourages participants of all ages to see themselves within the context of their community.

Spin Your Own Smoothie

12pm-5pm | Main Square

Spin your way to a delicious smoothie with Blenders On Bikes.

Indian Henna Hand painting workshop (SOLD OUT)

1pm-3pm | Atrium

In this workshop, you will learn about the history and cultural significance of henna, as well as the art of henna hand painting. A skilled artist will guide you through the process step by step, so no experience is necessary. This workshop is perfect for all ages and is a great activity for individuals, couples, and families. Don’t miss this chance to learn about and experience a piece of rich Indian culture.

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Three small circular mosaics. The bottom left circle is green with a white dragonfly, the bottom right is a yellow sunflower surrounded by white tiles, and the top circle is the cats sitting on a wall
Mosaic Workshop (SOLD OUT)

2pm-4pm | Atrium

Unleash your creativity and create a beautiful masterpiece with the family at Like Minds Studio’s beginner-friendly mosaic workshop. Learn the basics of cutting, layout, and grouting from an expert teacher. Choose from a range of designs and take home your very own artwork. Each participant will receive a take-home grouting kit to complete their masterpiece at home. Sign up now and bring your family’s creativity to life!

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