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Merge Festival Rolls into Civic Square Precinct

4 October 2017

The Merge Festival Village is rolling in to the Civic Square Precinct, Booragoon on Saturday November 18th in what is shaping up to be the biggest event the City has undertaken for more than a decade! Complete with pop-up venues, non-stop entertainment, food trucks galore, boutique market stalls, amazing authors, fantastic activities for all ages, free dance lessons and so much more!

There is even a ‘satellite’ festival zone at Wireless Hill which provides an option away from the hustle and bustle for those who might enjoy a quieter less crowed experience.

Merge Festival heralds an ending and a beginning. An ending to the facilities and spaces as we know them as the AMP/Garden City redevelopment necessitates the demolition of the amphitheatre, the library and surrounds in early to mid 2018. And a beginning as we set about on the path to plan and develop the new City of Melville Cultural Centre, a new civic heart.

It’s a festival like no other. It seeks to unpack all that the new Cultural Centre will encompass – an A-Class Gallery, a local studies collection, a City library, a performing art centre, a new City piazza (town square) and so much more. It’s part street festival, part writers festival and part arts festival.

What’s on…

Be entertained!

With non-stop performance across two stages plus a DJ pitch! From ukuleles to Japanese Okinawan folk songs. Indian Dhol drummers, Aboriginal dancers and buskers galore! See swing dancers and listen to Libby Hammer as the library turns its lights down low and opens the UpLate jazz bar!

Meet!

Meet a mermaid and a sailor, some nosey neighbours & a tea lady or two. Take a selfie with the Famous Sharron and be charmed by Magnus Danger Magnus.

Listen up!

Take a seat in our ‘Ideas Lab’ or book your spot in our ‘On the Couch’ series to hear your favourite writers and idea makers in conversation. There’s live storytelling in our alfresco library and a poetry ‘grand’ slam.

Be inspired!

See amazing art installations from a swarm of suspended Swan River jellyfish made by local kids, to the wool covered ‘Homeless’ by Kerrie Argent, a magical overhead misting machine, and Tom Muller’s duo of structures.

Get creative!

Be the first to paint a collective digital canvas and add to a strange cardboard garden. Write a postcard to an old friend, build a nature cubby, or learn to weave a Noongar bush basket.

See a show!

Step inside The Rastelli or The Parlour to see a rolling program of Australia’s best acrobats, jugglers, clowns and more!

Eat & Drink!

Eat from the very best of Perth’s food truck scene and enjoy a drink at our pop up bar in The Back Lot!

Get on your bike!

Leave the car at home, catch the bus, or ride your bike. Park your bike at our free bike valet for a chance to win prizes.

Dance & Sing!

Join in the free dance lessons and the silent disco or sing loud and proud in our ABBA singalong! And the little ones can get active with Gymba Kids.

Play!

Go crazy with Lego and build an enormous Gotham City or tackle the big blue blocks at Awesome Arts Imagination Playground.

Enjoy Movie Mayhem at Hoyts Garden City

Experience the latest and greatest movie releases at HOYTS! Wander down to an exciting kids station filled with fun activities in celebration of Disney Pixar's new animation 'Coco' .

Try!

Read dating … it’s like speed dating but with a book! Or learn to juggle, spin a plate or hula hoop with all day circus workshop fun. Get dressed up and strike a pose in the historic photo booth.

Love where you live!

Start your Christmas shopping at the Curious Collective Market and see your suburb captured in the ‘Melville through the Lens’ large-scale outdoor photographic exhibition. See ‘History in a Coffee Table’ and add your own Melville milestones.

Visit!

Make the short walk to Wireless Hill see the ‘Makers & Machines’ exhibition and the Vintage Radio display. Meet the amateur radio club, build a cubby in the nature play space and enjoy a coffee from a vintage caravan.

Merge Festival is bringing to life our new cultural heart.

Come & see what is possible!

Check out the full program here.

When: Saturday November 18th, 1 – 9pm

Where: Civic Square Precinct, 10 Almondbury Rd, Booragoon

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