During January and February, you can see a kaleidoscope of completely free events spanning music, art, movies, performances and more.
In the days before Covid, Fed Square has often been a mecca for free events; the youth organization The Push held free festivals where in the past, NAIDOC used the grounds as a base for their activities, and most notably, the Australian Open, which uses it, is a hub for a number of activations and exhibitions.
Fed Square has come alive this summer with something for all types of people. Fed Square is crammed The program covers art, film, music and more, it’s a great way for families to enjoy what Melbourne has to offer this summer.
What you need to know
You can experience a kaleidoscope of various, free events at Fed Square this summer
Events include musical performances, art exhibitions, films and interactive experiences
Summer at Fed Square runs from January 14 to March 31, 2022
Stay up to date with what’s happening in Melbourne here.
Fed Square’s iconic main stage begins with music and transforms into a world-class festival, in what is set to be a massive summer of live music concerts. They will feature the talented artist Dylan J, who has toured with plays such as Bliss N Eso, the proud Noongar woman BUMPY, whose jaw-dropping voice will transport you, Melbourne rockers The Grogans, soul-pop star Akosia and the Grammy-nominated funky icons Hiatus Kaiyote.
But it does not stop there, even more artists fill the music bill, offering an entry into the classical world with the popular Candlelight Concert Series by Fever, where Fed Square will be lit by candlelight and you can hear some talented musicians perform a variety new and old favorites.
On the art side, St Kilda’s design collective ENESS has built a wonderful outdoor installation with a beautiful koi fish garden that will fascinate both young and young at heart.
There’s another cool art event taking place called Fed Oasis, where Fed Square’s deck chairs (you’ve no doubt spent some time on) are transformed into beautiful works of art by local graffiti artists, George Rose, Mysterious al and Sofles
If you fancy embarking on a bit of an adventure around Melbourne to find some hidden gems, look no further than Urban Silo Trail, another great addition to this summer’s line-up. Miniature wheat silos in the middle of Melbourne’s CBD will be transformed into stunning works of art, and you will get to see some truly phenomenal works curated by award-winning artists Juddy Roller, which includes street artists such as Adnate, Kitt Bennet and Jimmy Divine. This runs between January 21 and March 31.
From January 28th to February 10th, Fed Squares Atrium is hosting a fantastic photo installation called Reconstruct the normative, constructed by Soraya Zaman, with representations of gender and sexuality that are certainly conceivable – provocative and eye-opening.
Plus, if you’re an on-demand movie lover, Fed Summer Films will take over the Fed Square screen. You can capture critically acclaimed films such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, and Australian favorites like Muriel’s Wedding, Strictly Ballroom and Priscilla, the queen of the desert from 15 – 26 January.
Or if you’re looking for something completely different, there’s an impressive spoken word event taking place on February 19th, called Connect worlds with words, which will feature a number of poets from Australia and New Zealand. A performer from Fed Square, one from Fool Warren’s Bunjil Place and one from New Zealand’s Aotea Square will perform together on a livestream and explore themes of connectedness through speech.
Spend the summer in the heart of the city is set to be a thumping way to get back to normal, you’ll get to experience some of Melbourne’s best artists, see our best artists and some meaningful interactive experiences, and it’s all free.
For more info, check out Fed Square’s website here.