What’s on in Melbourne Victoria – July Events at Fed Square

What's on at Fed SquareACCESS-AIIA Debate: How to Achieve International Development: Aid vs Trade
Tuesday 19 July

ACCESS is conducting a debate to address what is the most effective and efficient means to assisting the developing world to achieve inclusive and sustainable development. The ‘Aid vs. Trade’ debate will center on a discussion of alternative approaches to development. Moderated by Rev. Tim Costello AO, the debate will also consider how Australia may best assist in this multifaceted development process.
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: Free
Info: www.aiia.asn.au/vic-events

Baulderstone Icons Roadshow
20 – 21 July

Baulderstone’s famous projects are set to take center stage in a competition that challenges the creativity of our future engineering leaders. The Sydney Opera House, Anzac Bridge, Story Bridge, Etihad Stadium, Treasury Building, Adelaide Convention Centre and the Graham Farmer Freeway will all feature as part of the ‘Icons’ competition roadshow. ‘Icons’ will see these seven iconic buildings, reproduced on a grand scale and travel around the country to engage with communities in a highly visual and creative way. This is your chance to support some of Australia’s most promising young engineers so make sure you check out the roadshow and cast your vote!
Where: Swanston St Forecourt, Federation Square
Time: 8am – 6pm
Cost: Free
Info: www.baulderstone.com.au

State of Design: Keynote Address
Thursday 21 July

Australia is one of the most urbanized countries on earth. In Victoria, nearly 75% of the population lives in major cities. Do not miss this important keynote address that will inspire new thinking around how we can sustainably feed our growing metropolises. Carolyn Steel’s keynote address will highlight how feeding cities arguably has a greater social and physical impact on the planet and us than anything else we do. Yet, too few of us in the developed world are aware of the process. Food arrives on our plates as if by magic, and we rarely stop to wonder how it might have got there.
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
Time: 6.15pm – 7.30pm
Cost: $20
Info: www.stateofdesign.com.au

Community Concert for Charity
Saturday 23 July

Enjoy a free, family-friendly event raising support, funds and awareness for two amazing Melbourne charities, Mirror Image Foundation and Project Dovetail. The free concert will feature some talented musicians, including the ever-brilliant Bridget Pross, local icon Jacqui Walker and the WIN Australia Flashmob Street Performance. There will be plenty of fun and entertainment for all, so bring the kids, the family and your friends. Chill out, have a dance, or watch the action and enjoy the music. Also, meet some of the gorgeous Mrs. Australia Globe finalists for 2011 that will be assisting on the day!
Where: Main Square, Federation Square
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free
Info: www.mirrorimagefoundation.org.au

Melbourne Design Market
Sunday 24 July

Meet the designers, enjoy fine food and coffee, and be part of the Melbourne Design Market’s own style in fostering and promoting design. Occupying a special place in everyone’s diary, the market is now held twice a year in July and December. Over 10,000 visitors are drawn to its carpark location at Federation Square, transformed for each occasion into a design show that features the latest in fashion, homewares, furniture, lighting and so much more.
Where: Fed Square Car Park – Level 3
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Info: www.melbournedesignmarket.com.au

The Art of the Brick
Open daily

Nathan Sawaya is a New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring works out of some of the most unlikely things. His museum tours feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building bricks – LEGO bricks to be exact. Sawaya’s art tour, titled The Art of the Brick, has been touring North America for several years, breaking attendance records at every stop. It’s the first exhibition ever to focus exclusively on LEGO bricks as an art medium. His creations, constructed from literally millions of pieces, have been built using standard LEGO bricks beginning since 2000.
Where: Yarra Building, Federation Square
Time: Open daily 10am – 5pm
Cost: Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek or directly via www.artofthebrick.com.au; Adults – $15.00, Children – $10.00, Concession – $12.50, Family (4) – $45.00.
Info: www.artofthebrick.com.au

Classic AFL Clashes
On your way to the footy? Relive past glories with free screenings of classic matches before every game at the MCG. From the Hawks’ mighty premiership win of 88′ to Geelong’s finals stoush with the Saints back in 2000, catch all of your favourite games and enjoy special dining offers at Fed Square. Meet up with your mates and watch a quarter or two, or settle in with the family and enjoy the atmosphere over some hearty footy fare.
Where: Big Screen and/or Atrium Screen, Federation Square
Time: Check www.fedsquare.com/footy
Cost: Free
Info: www.fedsquare.com/footy

Fed Square Book Market
Every Saturday

When it’s cold and wet outside, you can’t beat a good book and a cup of tea. This Saturday, find a new read or revisit old favourites at the Fed Square Book Market. Each Saturday you can you can browse through more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles from Melbourne’s best book dealers. You won’t find any dog-eared pages or tatty Mills and Boon here – just quality modern and classic literature, cookbooks, history books and children’s books – all at a fraction of the cost.
Where: The Atrium, Federation Square
Time: 11am – 5pm
Cost: Free
Info: www.fedsquare.com/books

Tai Chi at Fed Square
Every Tuesday

Feeling tired? Stressed out? Get the day off to a good start with a free session of Tai Chi, held every Tuesday morning in the Main Square. Tai Chi sessions are led by experienced, fully accredited instructors from Tai Chi Australia and are ideal for all ages and levels of fitness. Loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended.
Where: Main Square (in the event of bad weather Tai Chi moves to The Atrium)
Time: 7.30am – 8.30am
Cost: Free
Info: www.fedsquare.com

Coming Soon….

Melbourne Open House Speaker Series
Tuesday 26 July

The Melbourne Open House (MOH) 2011 speaker series is a unique opportunity for the people of Melbourne to listen to some of our great architects and designers discuss the ideas behind their built works in a relaxed and friendly forum. Each evening eight key speakers will have just 10 minutes to present their work and capture your imagination.
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: Free – seats limited
Info: www.stateofdesign.com.au

Public Forum on the Death Penalty in the Asia-Pacific
Friday 29 July

What can we do when Australians are condemned to death overseas? Should we object? Are we entitled to object? Is it right to treat drug traffickers the same as mass murderers? What is the best way to facilitate change? Be part of the debate. Bali’s 9 members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran face execution in Indonesia unless presidential clemency is secured. What should Australians be doing and saying about their citizens facing the death penalty overseas?
Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
Time: 5.30pm
Cost: Free – seats limited
Info: www.vic.icj-aust.org.au

Melbourne Open House
Saturday 30 + Sunday 31 July

Go behind the scenes of Federation Square during Melbourne Open House. This year, the event has 75 locations to explore across inner Melbourne with old favourites joined by some amazing new spaces. Absolutely anyone who loves Melbourne will discover architectural, engineering, contemporary and historic wonders dotted around their own city. Visit melbourneopenhouse.org for details.
Where: The Atrium, Federation Square
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free – places limited
Info: https://melbourneopenhouse.org

Fed Square Wine Awards
Wednesday 3 + Thursday 4 August

Compare tasting notes with the judges as Victoria’s best wineries open their cellar door this August at the annual Fed Square Wine Awards Showcase. Thirty of the state’s top wineries are set to battle it out for top honours, with more than 100 different wines available for tasting.
Where: The Atrium
Time: Wednesday 4.30pm 8pm / Thursday 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Cost: $25* available via Ticketmaster or at the door. *Plus $2 glass deposit.
Tickets and info: fedsquare.com/wine

The Magic Tent
5 – 24 August

Together with The Social Studio, Craft Victoria and the Victorian Small Business Festival, Federation Square presents The Magic Tent, bringing art, commerce and people together in a magical way. The Magic Tent showcases textiles and fashions created by designers from the Social Studio in Collingwood – a creative enterprise that combines a design and manufacturing space, a retail shop and a vibrant cafe to create training and employment opportunities for refugee youth in fashion, retail and hospitality. As part of Federation Square’s Creative Program, The Social Studio will transform The Atrium into a magical community space for craft-making. In the hand-dyed silk tent, we will run a series of workshops hosted by designers from Sudan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Samoa and Sri Lanka.
Where: The Atrium
Time: Daily
Cost: Various, from $25
Tickets and info: fedsquare.com