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Free Australia Day Events @ Federation Square

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Australia Day celebrations will actually kick off on Wednesday 25 January and run until Friday 27 January at Federation Square in 2012, as the Australia Day themed activities and special events will be merge with the Fed Square Live Presented by The Push 2011/2012 live music program.

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The Federation Square Australia Day program in 2012 features a range of free family friendly activities and special events.

Highlights during the three day festivities include the Australia Day Book Market, which will be held in St Paul's Court on Thursday 26 January, from 11am until 5pm. This particular second hand book market will have an emphasis on celebrated Australian titles.

Australia Day in Melbourne is synonymous with the events over at the Australian Open; the Fanatics are sure to be supporting all the Aussie tennis players scheduled to play on January 26, and even if you are not at the Australian Open on Australia Day, you can watch a special live broadcast on the Big Screen at Federation Square. The Australian Open Live Site will run at Federation Square from the 16 to 29 January, 2012.

Federation Square is also hosting the Australia Day Screen Program from the 18 to 29 January, 2012. This special program will include free screenings of Australian documentaries and television shows on the Federation Square Big Screen. The titles have yet to be announced, check out the FedTV schedule closer to the event date for further details.

There will also be Australia Day Meditation Sessions over at the BMW Edge theatre, held by the Heruka Kadampa Buddhist Centre. The free meditation sessions and public lectures will run throughout Australia Day;

11am 11.45am: Loving Kindness.
12.15pm 1pm: Learn to Meditate.
2pm 2.45pm: Transforming Relationships Through Meditation.
4pm 4.45pm: Living Stress.

Don't forget to check out the Federation Story exhibition at the Atrium Balcony. You are even welcome to add your own story and photos to the exhibition.

Finally the evening comes alive with the Fed Square Live Presented by The Push 2011/2012 live music program. Catch the special Australia Day Gigs on the Federation Square Main Stage;

Wednesday 25 January, 6pm 7.30pm: Clairy Browne and The Bangin' Rackettes and Saskwatch.
Thursday 26 January, 7pm 9pm: Loon Lake and I, a Man.
Friday 27 January, 6pm 7.30pm: Koolism (live and DJ set) 75 Minute Park Jam.

All these events are free and family friendly.

For more information on the Federation Square Australia Day program, please visit the Federation Square website and Federation Square Facebook Profile.
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Why? Celebrate Australia Day at Federation Square
When: Wednesday 25 January and run until Friday 27 January, 2012
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: Free
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