On 17 February 2013, Melbourne will be the setting for the largest Swiss festival in Australia with Queensbridge Square in Southbank being bestowed with the honour of providing a grand platform for the Swiss Festival 2013. Queensbridge Square will transform itself into an energetic atmosphere replete with a surfeit of activity and entertainment.
The Swiss Festival 2013 has been designed to showcase the exquisite and unique Swiss culture. All the four national languages and 26 states of Switzerland will be represented in this carnival through music, dance, food and fun.
This event will kick off at 11am with a welcome address by the Master of Ceremony followed by an official address by the Swiss Consul. General Mr Markus Meli. After the opening ceremony, the celebrations will begin with a bang by the Delire Nostalgique (DJ Set) by the Swiss Conspiracy followed by Swiss folk dance Group "Alpenrose" with Chris Thalmann and Tom Webb, Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn/Swiss Yodlers of Sydney and a marvellous presentation of break dance. The Swiss Conspiracy is a project headed by emigrant music producers Christoph H. Müller (Gotan Project) and Moses Iten (Cumbia Cosmonauts) which delves into hidden connections between their common Swiss roots to Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. There will be more varieties of folk dance, Swiss Yodel Choir, other traditional Swiss music and much more.
There will be an abundance of traditional Swiss food and drinks allowing Melburnians to catch a tasty bite or two, all the way from Switzerland. A Swiss sausage sizzle will be the highlight of the day. And to get your juices flowing, Lindt, Switzerland's most famous chocolate brand, will have an effervescent presence to satisfy your sweet tooth while providing free samples and special offers to Lindt Chocolate café.
This is a free and family-friendly event with an open invitation to all. Find out more about this fantabulous event here or just follow them on Facebook. Get the latest titbits on this festival by following the #SwissFestival2013 on Twitter @SwissFestivalAU.
Due to its prime location, Queensbridge Square is highly accessible both by public transport and by car. You can get to Queensbridge Square for free by utilising the free city circle tram and the Melbourne visitor shuttle bus. Get to Melbourne CBD for free by train by accessing the early bird option in Myki. Learn more about Myki and the early bird option by checking out Myki For Dummies. Queensbridge Square is only 550 metres or 5-10 minutes away from the Flinders Street station on foot. Further, there is ample parking at the nearby Crown Casino and Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
With such a plethora of events on offer, there can be absolutely no excuse to confine yourself within the four walls of your home. Bring your family, bring your friends or just turn up on your own and immerse yourself in a day-long celebration of the enchanting Swiss culture.