More than just a common meeting place at the heart of the city, Federation Square reflects Melbourne’s rich cultural identity.
Hosting many cultural festivals throughout the year, Federation Square has become a landmark for the sharing of diverse traditions, food and languages.
The role of this site is most obvious in its title, ‘Federation’, the idea of bringing unique parts together in unity.
Lying within the lands of the Kulin Nation, this public space has had a deeper cultural significance as a meeting place for the Nation’ s confederation over thousands of years.
Following European settlement, the site was occupied by a city morgue, a fish market, corporate offices, and then rail yards before its restoration as a place to celebrate identity on 26 October 2002.
Since then, Federation Square has once again become a place where all cultures belong.
All year round, Federation Square comes to life hosting a range of multicultural festivals, national days of countries from around the world are also celebrated in this central site, which attracts more than 10 million visits per year, from both Melburnians and travellers alike.
From celebrations for Tanderuum, the impressive large scale Kulin Nation Welcome Ceremony, to cultural festivities such as Diwali Indian Festival of Lights, African Culture & Food Festival and the annual Polish festival, Federation Square continues to be a place where community comes together.
The site’s dedication to recognising the contribution of Aboriginal Australians is also seen in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art galleries and displays at the Ian Potter Centre and the Koorie Heritage Trust.
As the venue for Victoria’s Multicultural Festival coming up on Saturday 25 March, Federation Square continues to be a central point for celebrations highlighting our rich cultural diversity.
To discover more about the history of Federation Square and its dedication to diversity visit www.fedsquare.com.
The Victorian Multicultural Commission is proud to have the support of Federation Square as a Major Sponsor of Cultural Diversity Week 2017 ‘Our Journey, Our stories’.