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The Federation Square is more than just a meet-up point. It is the epitome and grand culmination of the culture and art that Melbourne is known for. Known as the “cultural heartbeat” of the city (maybe even Australia), the Federation Square house a lot of world-class events, art exhibitions, galleries, and even awesome restaurants and bars. It is a one-stop-shop to have your fill of high and pop culture and even, good food. Every step and corner in this square is just a gem to behold. Located just across the road from Flinders Street Station and within the city’s free tram zone area, the Federation Square can be quite considered as the figurative centre of Melbourne. It has a free open space for the public to enjoy the beautiful Melbourne weather and lots of amazing architectural structures that houses some of the city’s best tourist spots.
The Federation Square houses the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, an exhibition dedicated to film, tv, and even gaming. It explores the history and the process of filmmaking and game production. It is free to enter and if you have an hour or two to spare, watch some well-loved Hollywood classics or controversial documentaries. They host the well-renowned Melbourne Film Festival and holds film workshops all year round. But trust us, you do not have to be a connoisseur to enjoy the ACMI.
In addition, it also has the Ian Potter Centre located within the Atrium which showcases Australian art. Australian art may not have had its time in the historical limelight just yet, but the centre - which is exclusively dedicated to Australian artists - is the best place to explore what the country’s most creative minds have to offer. From indigenous artwork to contemporary exhibitions, visit the Ian Potter Centre for free and bask in all sorts of masterpieces Australia has to offer.
If you want to really enjoy the Federation Square and all its glory, free guided tours run from Monday-Saturday at 11 AM. The tour guides will thoroughly discuss Federation Square’s history and architecture. Whether you're a local or visiting, do make sure to show up on time by the meet up point which is located just by the Australian, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander Flags in the Swanston Street Forecourt. Generally only 15 guests are taken per tour so you should plan ahead and if needed, book some car parking around Federation Square in advance as it can generally be quite difficult to find a place to park your car.
Starting December 8 until February 9 next year, the square will host The Kookie Art Show which showcases the amazing talents of the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. The art show which has been opened to the public has chosen about 80 artists presenting over 130 masterpieces to showcase at the Koorie Heritage Trust’s Gallery. The artworks would then be up for nomination and awarding to different categories such as “Creative Victoria Award for Excellence in Any Media”, “Koorie Heritage Trust People’s Choice Award”, and “RMIT University Emerging Artist Award”.
Another upcoming event in the area and definitely one of the biggest things to look forward to is celebrating New Year’s Eve in the square. Come in early, secure your vantage spot as the square does get crowded very early on New Year’s Eve. But the wait will be worth as the night will be filled with entertainment such as live acts from Simba Mak, Kira Puru, Amaru Tribe, Deep Street Soul, and DJ Hosca. As the clock strikes 12, watch light projections and fireworks. Could you even imagine a better way to celebrate 2018 and welcome 2019 than Melbourne’s best place to be?