From July 14, Fed Square will launch the winter season with a jam-packed Anything But Square Program spanning art and cultural activities celebrating everything French! Visitors are invited to rediscover Fed Square across the 6 weeks of activity which will see the iconic cultural destination transformed through a kaleidoscope of new experiences, including free events, installations, workshops, and performances.
Visitors can experience the centrepiece of the program with the Australian debut of The Knot, an impressive large-scale art installation by French artist Cyril Lancelin; the Bastille Day Festival; a French Film Festival and Frenchy Fed Free workshops, both presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Melbourne, and more.
See Fed Square light up like never before with the hero art installation The Knot presented by Major Partner Tango Energy. The bold, larger-than-life immersive artwork by French visual artist Cyril Lancelin will illuminate the Melbourne night sky fluorescent pink between July 15 until September 5. Be wowed by the scale of the inflatable 3-dimensional installation as you explore the pink knot from all angles.
Melburnians will be able to take a journey through sound and experience some of the most iconic and beautiful places in France and around the world. Featuring some of France’s most gifted songwriters, composers and artists, Frenchy Weekends also presents some of the world’s best DJs and producers. The program is designed to make you dance to the sounds of electronic music, travel through the eyes of the great Charles Aznavour, sing along with the words of Serge Gainsbourg and dream with the dancers of the French CanCan.
To coincide with Frenchy Weekends, Fed Square will be serving up all things French (and pink) through a range of impromptu performances, food experiences and special giveaways. Be sure to locate Fed Square’s lovable giant seagulls and brush up on your pronunciation of “bonjour” as there is a selection of prizes to be won for the first 75 visitors each Friday across Frenchy Weekends. The Posh Brioche van will also be serving up a selection of French delights, with Fed Square extending a tasty treat to the first 100 visitors who show their #fedsquare tagged selfie.
Frenchy Fed Free Workshops
Running over August and September, the Frenchy Fed Free Workshops presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Melbourne will include a variety of French-inspired workshops and panel discussions. Visitors are invited to embrace French culture with workshops such as a cork & canvas adaption titled Monet & Mimosas and Beer & Brushes, lively panel discussions including Tour de France Revealed and Decoding the French Lifestyle, a fun intercultural workshop on the Do’s and Don’ts in France, and more.
For something more family friendly, the Craft Workshop: How to make a French Cockade will teach children how to make a cockade and provide them with a short storytelling history of the Bastille Day.
Of the new winter program, Fed Square’s CEO Caroline Ralphsmith said: “After a brief hiatus, we are thrilled to announce a wonderful winter program which celebrates unique cultural experiences in the heart of Melbourne’s premier and most vibrant public space. We welcome everyone to come into Fed Square to immerse themselves in all things French this winter and explore the sensational program of events”.
Surrounded by cultural institutions, such as the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Koorie Heritage Trust and the recently reopened Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Fed Square is the place to be this winter.
For the full program of entertainment and events, visit here.