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Spirit of the Square 2014

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by Monique Thorpe (subscribe)
Globe-trotting nomad life since April 2015.
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A winter wonderland in the heat and heart of the CBD

We all grew up with images of snow-covered fields and open fires at Christmas. Santa rides a sleigh, and there are not too many modern Australian homes with chimneys for the big man in red to shimmy down. Federation Square in the centre of the CBD, has taken these images of a northern hemisphere Christmas and created their own winter wonderland, in the heart and heat of the Melbourne summer. The Federation Square Spirit of the Square for 2014 will be designed by Melbourne-based design team Sibling, who were responsible for the Reading Room at the National Gallery of Victoria earlier this year as part of Melbourne Now, as well as the design of Mr Brightside café and the fit out of The Thousands Shop in Curtain House, Swanston St. Sibling will be creating a space called 'Whiteout', which is part installation, part backdrop. Make up of large snow-white spheres throughout Federation Square's main square, which will pop-up to crate a sense of immersion.

Spirit of the Square, Federation Square, Winter wonderland, Christmas, Melbourne
Spirit of the Square, Federation Square, Melbourne

With an emphasis on immersion and participation, this winter landscape is a child and family friendly playground, which will include movie screenings, big screen gaming, live music and more. The program runs from 1 – 25 December and all events are free! Key events and dates to note include:

Outdoor Cinema
Every Monday from 1 to 25 December, 6-8pm
The big screen at Federation Square is a favorite during major events. It screens all the tennis matches, sports finals and the Melbourne Cup. This December it will also screen a rotation of festive films, to get you geared up for Christmas!

Big Screen Gaming
Every Tuesday from 1 to 25 December, 6-8pm

Being led by Freeplay Independent Games Festival, this interactive program allows you to challenge your friends, co-workers and complete strangers to a duel on the big screen! This free videogame play is sure to be very popular.

Fed Square Live
Every Thursday except Christmas Day, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Acoustic tunes for the soul. Soak in the warm summer nights as local emerging artists play onstage. Head down after work to enjoy a beverage and some free music, or skip the peak-hour commute and catch a band before heading home.

Many of the bars and cafes surrounding the main square are also getting into the spirit and have listed a range winter wonderland inspired cocktails and meal deals at the Federation Square website.

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Why? For a winter wonderland experience in the Melbourne summer
When: 1 - 2 December 2014
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
Cost: FREE!
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