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July 4th, 2019

The Anything But Square Festival Powered by Siemens will see Federation Square transformed into a mecca of vibrant and extraordinary experiences throughout August, with full details of the festival program to be released in the coming weeks.

The official Anything But Square Festival program runs from 25 July to 25 August and will feature a kaleidoscope of events, activities, and installations, the first of which has been revealed today with the announcement of Sensory Underground: an immersive dining experience by Tokyo Tina.

Drawing on predicted dining trends for the year 2045, the futuristic experience will take place in a unique space accessible beneath Fed Square that few members of the public have seen and where no-one has previously dined. With food and art lovers having their senses ignited from the moment they arrive via a door on Platform 13 of Flinders Street Station, guests of Sensory Underground: an immersive dining experience by Tokyo Tina are in for a truly unforgettable experience this winter.

To bring the future-focused dining experience to life, Fed Square has partnered with the Commune Group’s iconic restaurant Tokyo Tina, who will be creating a truly unique, optimistic take on what food and dining might be like 25 years into the future with a four-course sit down menu.

The thought-provoking, exclusive menu is being developed based on predicted food trends for 2045, and the anticipated changes to the way we consume food. This largely includes using as little energy as possible for food production, sourcing local produce, and sustainable food practices.

As guests enjoy their delicious meal in the surreal underground location, taste will be just the tip of the iceberg, as all senses will be engaged through a blend of sights, sounds, textures and scents, to create a space that truly is anything but square.

Artists to feature in the unique culinary journey include lighting installation artist Kit Webster, performance installation designer Paul Findlay, graphic design and visual experts at Studio SPGD, and virtual reality creators Trent Clews-de Castella and Joseph Purdam from PHORIA Studio.

Suzana Bishop, Fed Square’s General Manager – Commercial and Public Engagement, said the Sensory Underground offered Melburnians the chance to see and experience a different side of the iconic location, and enjoy some of the city’s culinary delights at the same time.

“Fed Square is delighted to be working with Tokyo Tina and some of Melbourne’s most talented creatives to create a truly spectacular experience in the heart of the city. We have never put on an event quite like this, and we have certainly never made use of this underground space. With incredible food, art, and experiences adding to the future environment of 2045 and its unique surroundings, the event really pays homage to all the things that make our city so vibrant now and in the years to come. We can’t wait to share the wonder of Sensory Underground with visitors to the square and the city,” said Ms Bishop.

Speaking on the partnership, Steve Wooderson, Executive General Manager of Smart Infrastructure Solutions and Services at Siemens Australia said, “We’ve had a long history with Fed Square and are proud to extend this to the Anything But Square Festival. As one of the world’s most sustainable companies, we use technology to create environments that care in the communities around us. We hope that people enjoy the festival and all the wonderful experiences it offers.”

Simon Blacher, Commune Group Director, said the dining experience is sure to thrill guests through the combination of forward-thinking food and art in one of the most unique settings Melbourne has to offer.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this experience, with the unique surroundings and futuristic atmosphere giving our team from Tokyo Tina the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary creativity in developing dishes that, while still influenced by Japanese cuisine and culture, are unlike anything on the Tokyo Tina menu,” said Mr. Blacher.

Sensory Underground: an immersive dining experience by Tokyo Tina will run from Wednesday to Sunday for two weeks from Wednesday 31 July, and with only limited sittings per night the event is set to be one of the most sought-after tickets in town. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings there will be two 90-minute sessions at 6:30pm and 8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday nights will feature three 90-minute sessions at 6:00pm, 8:00pm, and 9:45pm.

Tickets, which provide a four-course dining experience, a welcome drink, and a wealth of sensory experiences, are $129 per person and will be on sale from Thursday 20 June via this link.

More information on the Anything But Square Festival Powered by Siemens can be found at www.fedsquare.com