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From 15 January, Fed Square’s FED SUMMER program will see a packed schedule of events including an outdoor cinema silent film series, with live soundtracks by local bands and musicians, free fitness sessions, guided workshops and a new take on mindful meditation – Mindful Fed-itation, hosted by hilarious local comedians.
It’s all part of a huge summer in the city, as Melbourne comes alive after a difficult 2020.
Your personal Fed Oasis will be more than just comfy seating and shaded areas, dotted around the square – but the ultimate in relaxed dining. QR codes at tables, beanbags and deckchairs mean you’ll be able to order and receive food from Mama’s Canteen, Transport, Timeout and Chocolate Buddha without getting up!
Fed Live Summer Series
Fed Square has a program of live music every Saturday night (January 16, 23 and 30, February 6) featuring the finalists from the hugely successful FED LIVE competition, showcasing emerging Victorian talent including Xyla Haig, Taylah Carroll, Seb Szabo, Jack Carleton, Frank James, Tig Lieschke, Raria, Dumb Whales, Keaper, plus Mighty Duke & The Lords.
Partnering with foundation tenant ACMI, the national museum of screen culture, Fed Square has created a unique outdoor cinema experience. Special event screenings of classic silent films on the digital façade start on Friday 26 February with The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and live score by Phillip Johnston. The world’s first animated feature will be given a new, electronic-infused jazz score by Phillip Johnston and his quartet. Plus see Sherlock Jr with live score by Blue Grassy Knoll (Fri 5 March), Metropolis with live score by The New Pollutants (Sun 7 March) and Dr Plonk with live score by Stiletto Sisters and associate artists (Thurs 1 April).
There will also be a program of classic films across summer beginning 15 January with a double feature of Splash and Castaway. Plus a celebration of Australian film from 23 – 27 January featuring The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding, Bran Nue Dae, Red Dog and more on the big screen. People can dine in the Fed Oasis grass zones and watch a film – the ultimate gold grass experience.
The First Peoples of Melbourne welcome you to Tanderrum, a ceremony bringing together the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung, Boon Wurrung, Taungurung, Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nation — a ceremony of celebration that reaches across Aboriginal time.
It was only six years ago the Eastern Kulin Nation brought Tanderrum back to central Melbourne, the sacred ceremony hidden since European invasion. On March 29 all people are invited to share the ceremony and celebrate being together with the original owners of the land.
A major new international festival of photography, Inside Out, will activate Melbourne and sites across Regional Victoria with the most inspiring photography from Australia and around the world.Held every two years, the festival addresses the major issues of our time in a program of free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions across the city, as well as talks, film screenings, masterclasses, education programs and awards. As the centrepiece for the festival they will cover the entire Fed Square Main Square precinct with the faces of Victorians on February 18-21.
During the long Summer days, the digital facade will screen major sporting events including the Super Bowl LV, the Australian Open tennis, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and more.
In addition to Fed Square’s normal program of daily activities such as meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong, an updated calendar of FREE wellbeing classes are available until March including cocktail making, pilates, yoga, dance, photography, Hawaiian Hula, matcha making, belly dancing and much more.
Fed Square is the place to be this summer – with Fed Oasis providing shade and comfort, a free program of films, music, workshops and entertainment – all in the heart of the city from 15 January 2021. The full program of entertainment and events is available at www.fedsquare.com/events/fed-summer
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