Free Summer Events at Fed Square

Tue 20th February, 2024 – Sun 7th April, 2024
Federation Square, Cnr Swanston & Flinders streets, Melbourne
From live music and exhibitions to film screenings with live scores, Fed Square is bursting with free events for the rest of the summer.

There’s still plenty of time left to enjoy summer in Melbourne this year – especially at Fed Square, in the city’s arts precinct. With a packed calendar of outdoor cinema, art exhibitions, live music and festivals, there are heaps of free events for the whole family to enjoy.

Tuesday nights at Fed Square are dedicated to silent films accompanied by live scores. On Tuesday February 20, composers Peter Knight and Dung Nguyen score a series of surrealist shorts, including Marcel Duchamp’s Anémic Cinéma (1926) and Man Ray’s L’Etoile de Mer (1928). Then, on Tuesday February 27, local bluegrass legends Blue Grassy Knoll bring to life the Buster Keaton black comedy Our Hospitality (1923).

The film program continues on Wednesday nights with Sundance award-winning documentary Summer of Soul (2021), which unearths footage from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, on February 21; plus The Sapphires (2012), preceded by two short films centring First Nations stories, on February 28. Arrive early to grab a deckchair, or bring your own.

On Friday February 16, as Taylor Swift descends on Melbourne with Eras, catch Filipino drag sensation Taylor Sheesh, whose “Errors Tour” has taken the world by storm. The next day, MCs, singers, DJs and dancers take over the main square for the Afro-Caribbean Carnival.

On Thursday nights, the Candlelight Concert series continues with performances from Reuben Kaye, JACOTÉNE and Budjerah. The live music program culminates on Saturday February 24 with a free performance by Zambian powerhouse Sampa the Great.

No visit to Fed Square is complete without seeing the recently expanded and renovated Koorie Heritage Trust, which hosts exhibitions centred on the arts and culture of First Peoples. The 11th annual Koorie Art Show closes on Sunday February 25. In March, visit Jxsh Mvir Forever I Live, a retrospective of the late Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta and Barkindji artist Josh Muir, curated in collaboration with his family.

At the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Wurrdha Marra (meaning “many mobs” in Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung language) showcases works by emerging and senior First Nations artists. Meanwhile, down the road at the NGV International, the Triennial continues across all four levels until early April.

Browse the full Summer at Fed Square program and read up on the Melbourne Arts Precinct.

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