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Fed Square is set to welcome thousands of visitors to its new online platform, Virtual Square, where people from around the world will be able to explore its spaces, enjoy world class events and join community initiatives.
From virtual tours of exhibitions from The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia to movies curated by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Virtual Square will bring the magic of Fed Square into people’s homes.
The Virtual Square initiative will take over Fed Square’s website, creating virtual journeys perfect for people to enjoy at home while measures are in place to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The experiences will be split across a range of themes, highlighting the aspects of Fed Square that have contributed to it becoming a much-loved place of gathering and community.
These include: Fed Square’s design and history, arts and culture, Indigenous history, health and wellbeing, sustainability and accessibility and the Fed Square community. Just as there is always something fresh to see at Fed Square, new content across these themes will be made available each week on Virtual Square.
Fed Square is partnering with the Koorie Heritage Trust to highlight Fed Square’s proud history as an Aboriginal meeting place and a virtual experience of Tanderrum, the Aboriginal ceremony of welcome.
Fed Square CEO Dr. Xavier Csar said that since the much-loved civic institution was required to temporarily close due to coronavirus (COVID-19), his team had been working hard to reimagine the Fed Square experience in a virtual space.
“Virtual Square gives us a new way to celebrate the history and heritage of Fed Square, shine a spotlight on activity from our incredible cultural and event partners, and generally bring a piece of the rich Fed Square experience into people’s homes,” Dr Csar said.
“I encourage everyone to gather at our Virtual Square. Until you can come back in person, this is the best way to experience the kaleidoscope of experiences that only Fed Square can deliver.”
As part of Virtual Square, Fed Square is launching a new podcast series, Anything But Square, featuring interviews, conversations and profiles of Fed Square’s people, places and events. Episode One, out now, includes Zach Bush’s Deakin Edge talk Breathe Your Biome, held in early March.
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To visit Virtual Square and find out more go to www.fedsquare.com.