There is always something happening at one of the most popular tourist attractions, Federation Square. Located in the centre of Melbourne, it's a great place to be, an awesome place to watch all the action, and a fantastic way to be among the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD.
Hosting around 2,000 events a year, Fed Square offer a fantastic calendar jam packed with cultural festivals, exhibitions, event launches, concerts and workshops, just to name a few. Many of these events are free and family friendly, with some running throughout the year, some for only a few weeks, and some for just a few days.
The official Federation Square website lists all the happenings available night and day so be sure to check it out.
I've compiled a short list of freebies at Fed Square, all of which are available during the month of February 2014.
Fed Square provides the opportunity for you to dance like there's no tomorrow. Here are two classes that will have you tearing up the dance floor.
Discover the Groove, learn the moves because you've got nothing to lose. Take advantage of this dance class that is super easy, fun and interactive. Led by a groove and dance expert, the class will have you dancing like a villain in no time. No complicated choreography, no partner required, no experience necessary. This is suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced, so bring your finest moves and groove on the dance floor.
Where: St Paul's Court
When: Every Wednesday (from 8 January - 26 February 2014) 6pm - 7pm
Feel the passion of traditional Buenos Aires tango and let the music inspire your soul as you move fluidly and glide across the dance floor. Originating in the 1890s, the tango has become one of the most popular dances at social gatherings and public squares. At this fabulous class, learn the ins and outs of this extraordinary dance presented by well-known performers David Backler and Dianne Heywood-Smith from Sidewalk Tango Dance Company. You'll soon find out why and how tango has captivated people from the four corners of the world.
Live music is awesome! It can create a relaxed atmosphere, or have the crowd bopping their head madly. But whether you're into classical music or jazz, pop or rock, I'm sure there's something for everyone here at Fed Square.
Fed Square Live
Feast your eyes and ears at Fed Square's live music scene. Every Thursday, Fed Square comes alive with a massive line-up of talented musicians who will showcase their best music. Pop by after work, pull up a deck chair, absorb the music and relax to live music. Or meet a few friends at one of the outdoor restaurants or bars to enjoy a few beverages or scrumptious eats.
Where: The Square
When: Until 27 March 2014 (Excluding 26 December 2013 2 January 2014), 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Classics at Fed Square
Enjoy an hour of music classics at the gorgeous glass theatre, Deakin Edge. These brilliant concerts are held on the first Monday of every month offering a big variety of music including classical, jazz and even contemporary pop. Check out the program here.
Where: Deakin Edge
When: First Monday of every month between 3 February & 3 November, noon - 1pm
Health & Fitness
Forget the gym and take advantage of some of the health and fitness sessions at Fed Square. It's no boot camp, but there is definitely something here for everyone. Here's a small sample.
Head to Deakin Edge Foyer for an awesome session of lunchtime yoga. It will be the best 45 minutes of your day, mark my words. These yoga sessions aim to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being focussing on safe, thoughtful movements as well as stretching exercises which will help to improve your posture. This is great for everyone from beginners to advanced so come and try it out. You'll feel rejuvenated afterwards.
Where: Deakin Edge Foyer
When: Thursdays from 16 January - 20 February, 1pm - 1.45pm
Qigong is another great class for your mind, body and soul. Head to The Square every Friday morning for an hour of exercises that concentrates on aligning breath, movement and awareness. Led by specialists from Tai Chi Australia, you'll work through the components of Qigong exercises: posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus on guiding Qi (flow of energy) through the body.