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Federation Square

Federation Square is in White Hat's opinion one of the most important architectural developments in Melbourne for a century, and has quickly become the "must visit first" attraction in Melbourne. Among the buildings to be found in Federation Square are the Ian Potter Centre (gallery of Australian art), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the SBS studios and BMW Edge (a performance and exhibition space) ..

The Fed Square architects were faced with a particular challenge It is surrounded by a mish-mash of buildings - neo-Gothic, faux Turkish, blood & bandages ,etc. - while leading to the river on the other side. It has met those challenges with originality and flair.

Walk up Flinders Street from Elizabeth Street and you will see how Fed Square continues the height of Flinders Street Station creating a sense of continuity. Stand on the far side of the Yarra and you will see how the multi-coloured panels form an integrating base for the large variety of city buildings behind it. Walk down the alleys from Flinders Lane and see how they flow naturally across Flinders Street to the modern lanes and arcades on the other side. Stand on the beautiful Kimberley stone and see what warmth it adds to the city over the road. The space is designed for large and constant public events so grass would soon turn into mud or dust, but it is surrounded by the ample lawns of Birrarung Marr. Walk halfway down the stairs to the visitors centre and enjoy a newly created view of St Paul's Cathedral. Stand at various areas (both inside and out) and note how the structures and openings have been created to 'frame' certain buildings and vistas such as the cathedral and Government House. Note how the feelings of Melbourne's lanes and arcades are continued from the rigid rectangle and formality of the CBD but become more organic as they head towards the river, the park (Birrarung Marr) and the MCG. Note how the lighting is hung from a grid that reflects the overhead tram cabling. Feel how the slatted wooden walkways leading to the river reflect the launching areas of the boatsheds on the far side. Watch how the panels and paving reflect and amplify the changes in light and weather - a feature designed to make Melbourne's famous weather an interactive feature of the design. And watch over the months and years how the zinc panelling slowly oxidizes towards the bluestone hues of Melbourne. You will also notice how the interlocking triangles give a feeling of unity from the smallest to the largest level.

Kimberley stone at Federation SquareThe previous building on the site (the Gas and Fuel Building) was a tall brick biscuit box that blocked the view of the river and showed no sympathy with its surroundings. It was a building designed for bureaucrats and it looked like it. It has been replaced by a project that shows great sympathy with its surroundings and neighbouring buildings (which is more than they ever did for each other).

Some forthcoming events at Federation Square:

Morning Tai Chi session
Led by Tai Chi Australia

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Free Tour of Federation Square
Free Tour of Federation Square. No need to book, just turn up on time at the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags in the Swanston Street Forecourt.

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Fiesta Malaysia

Fiesta Malaysia is a day of celbration at Federation Square attracting over 20,000 people. It aims to  introduce the rich Malaysian history, people, language and culture to those who attend and to enhance the bilateral and multilateral relationship between Malaysia and Australia.In addition it aims to foster, support and promote business and investment opportunities between Malaysia and Australia To introduce Malaysia as a land of diverse races, religions, festivities and cultural heritage in line with the theme for Fiesta Malaysia 2016, ‘Sharing the Culture'. More information at Fiesta Malaysia.



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Diwali Fed Square
Diwali decorations

Enjoy the traditional and contemporary cultural feast of India through the music, the theatre and drama of Indian cinema, dance performances, craft and yoga/ meditation workshops, henna painting, bustling bazaar and authentic Indian street food.

Witness the magical performance of a renowned Kathak dance troupe Abhyas Reprotory specially coming from India to perform for Diwali@Fed Square courtesy of the Government of India.

Enjoy the beautiful Diwali installation and the Indian folk art on the concrete blocks around Fed Square created by the team of Celebrate India volunteers. Join the fun activities by AFL and take a photo with the T20 World Cup Cricket Trophy.

Learn to do Bollywood dance and be part of many fun filled activities throughout the day.
Do support the work of Beyond Blue, our charity partner. Don’t miss this beautiful festival renowned for its spectacular fireworks and the colourful illumination.



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World Ballet Day at Fed Square
Dancers form The Australian Ballet

For the sixth year running, World Ballet Day will see The Australian Ballet alongside a record-breaking 31 dance companies, including The Royal Ballet and The Bolshoi Ballet, join forces in a global celebration of dance.

The Australian Ballet is holding a free event at FedSquare on Wednesday 23 October to and everyone is invited,

You’ll be able to watch World Ballet Day LIVE on the big screen and watch some truly wonderful ballet performances and workshops. There’ll also be a range of free activities to take part in.

FREE Adult Ballet Class
A 30-minute class practised to live music, for all ages and abilities. Please wear soft comfortable shoes or ballet flats.

  • Session 1 to 8.00am
  • Session 2 to 8am

FREE Dancing Story
30 minutes of dance class suitable for early learners from ages 3 to 5 years old.

  • Session 1 to 9.00am
  • Session 2 to 9am

FREE Seniors Ballet Class
45 minutes of dance class suitable for seniors even with a low level of mobility to standing and walking up steps will be required. Please wear soft comfortable shoes or ballet flats.

  • Session 1.00pm to 1:45pm

Telstra Ballet Dancer of The Year: Meet and greet
Enjoy a chance to meet and grab a photo with the talented nominees for the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award 2019

  • 5.00 to 6.00pm

Full Schedule

  • 8am to 8am - Adult Ballet Class #1 (All Ages)
  • 8am to 9am - Adult Ballet Class #2 (All Ages)
  • 9am to 9am - Dancing Story #1 (Ages 3 to 5 years)
  • 9am to 10am - Dancing Story #2 (Ages 3 to 5 years)
  • 10am to 11am - Steamdance Workshop #1
  • 11am to 12pm- Steamdance Workshop #2
  • 12pm to 4pm - Watch The Australian Ballet live on the big screen
  • 1pm to 1pm - Performance: Plain Jane by Lucas Jervies (On Stage)
  • 1pm to 2pm - Senior Ballet Class (Ages 55+)
  • 2pm to 4pm - The Australian Ballet LIVE on the big screen
  • 4pm to 5pm - Performance: The Australian Ballet School (On Stage)
  • 5pm to 6pm - Meet and Greet the 2019 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominees
  • 5pm to 9pm - Bolshoi Ballet live on the big screen
  • 9pm to midnight - Royal Ballet live on the big screen


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Melbourne Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back, with all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of an outdoor festival.



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Moomba Fireworks

The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.




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