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Fresh AIr Festival


Fri 8 Feb 2013, 7:00pm
Sat 9 Feb 2013, 1:00pm
Sun 10 Feb 2013, 1:00pm

Where: Federation Square, Flinders St (cnr of Swanston St), Napperby

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: pbpmedia

Pop-up street games for "big kids" at Fed Square

Presented by Pop Up Playground

Developed by the creative team at Pop Up Playground, which includes local and international games designers, Fresh Air Festival is a celebration of street games and constructive play - designed to release that inner child in all of us!

Baby Boomers and Gen Xers all remember their Aussie summers as kids being spent outside in the fresh air playing games with neighbourhood friends. Cowboys and Indians, Kisschasey, Hide ‘n’ Seek, Scavenger Hunt or just Rock, Paper, Scissors battle are just some of the favourite childhood memories. The rules were strict, the champion title coveted and tournaments could last for days.

Now the favourite pastime can be re-lived when Fed Square presents the Australian Premiere of Fresh Air Festival. Commissioned by Fed Square’s Creative Program, the inaugural Fresh Air Festival invites “Big kids” to recreate those playful moments from their youth in one of the most visited and most unique spaces in Melbourne.

Using the unique spaces, buildings, nooks and crannies of Fed Square, the range of free games includes treasure hunts with a twist such as Phone Booth, 7:Candles and Sacred Cow, Holy Udder; combat games Attack the Block and the western shootout, Nashville; and the mountain climbing challenge Mont Trottoir.

New life is breathed into old favourites with snakes and ladders transformed into the life-size Sneaks and Blaggers, cops and robbers get rowdy in The Gobstopper Job and pirates hide the booty in Bury Yer Treasure. For more relaxed pace games, there’ll be Ben’s Theatre, For You Stranger, Moment In Yarn and Ask Me How in the the Festival’s ‘Chill Out’ area. Kids and parents can also play games in a dedicated kids’ zone, which will also include craft activities.

The festival features the work of special game designers including Coney (UK), Slingshot (UK), Team Hat (UK) and Zombie Larp (UK); Obscure Games (USA) and Australian game design companies Play Reactive, No Show, aMoment, Kilkenny Games, Christy Dena, Atmosphere Industries and Manic Productions.

Get a sneak peek into the burgeoning world of street games with the free screening of Pop Up Playground’s documentary New Games – Play in the UK on the Big Screen, Tuesday 29 January 7pm (40mins).

Interested players are invited to grab a team of mates and get involved with a selection of 7 warm-up activities, 12 headline games, 2 ambient activities and up to a dozen playful programs in the ‘Chill Out’ area. Players must register and reserve a spot on the day for specific games as places are limited.

Fresh Air Festival is the latest addition to Fed Square’s Creative Program, with recent works including the Australian Premiere of Stickwork by American artist Patrick Dougherty. Past program highlights include Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest in 2012 and the magical web installation of Tape Melbourne by Numen/For Use in 2011.