City of Melville presents the inaugural Merge Festival

The City of Melville is proud to present Merge Festival, a one day spectacle designed to bring the community together to indulge in pop up venues, roving performers, art, family fun, markets, street food, live music and more. After months of collaborative planning, Booragoon’s Civic Square Precinct will be transformed into a bustling festival village from 1:00pm – 9:00pm on Saturday 18 November.

The festival will offer a huge variety of entertainment from free, family friendly fun to ticketed cabaret performances and everything in between.
 
Merge is set to be the biggest event on the City of Melville’s calendar, marking the end of an era for the Civic Square as it currently stands and celebrating its future transformation into what will become the City’s cultural and civic heart. The new City of Melville Cultural Centre will merge the library with a local history collection, art gallery, performing arts centre, retail stores, cafés and entertainment offerings and community spaces.
 
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said community events such as Merge not only help create a sense of community by bringing people together, but also contribute towards the City’s vision of a vibrant, liveable and optimistic place for all.
 
“Events like these are exciting for the whole family to enjoy, so I encourage everyone to come down”,  Mayor Aubrey said.
 
Here’s just a taste of what’s on offer at Merge Festival;

MUSIC
Enjoy non-stop performances across two stages plus a dedicated DJ space. There’s worldly delights from Japanese Okinawan folk songs to Indian Dhol drummers, from ABBA singalongs to buskers galore! See the library transform into a Parisian themed UpLate Jazz Bar, with highlights including the delightful Libby Hammer.
           
FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
Go crazy with Lego and build an enormous Gotham City or tackle the big blue blocks at Awesome Arts Imagination Playground. Build a nature play cubby or make flags and capture the hill or meet a mermaid and a sailor, some nosey neighbours and even a tea lady! Take a selfie with the Famous Sharron and be charmed by Magnus Danger Magnus.
 
ART ATTACK
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 fogging structures.

CIRCUS AND CABARET
Step inside The Rastelli or The Parlour to see a rolling program of Australia’s best acrobats, jugglers, clowns and more. See Fat Matt, Bizircus, Mr Spin, The Doonan's, Amuk, Pandora’s Boxes and Nibbles Alone. You could also learn to juggle, spin a plate or hula hoop with all day circus workshop fun. Then, make a memory of it all, get dressed up and strike a pose in the historic photo booth.

LITERARY LAUGHS
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, a poetry ‘grand’ slam, plus read dating … it’s like speed dating but with a book!
 
MAKE A SONG AND DANCE OF IT
Join in the free dance lessons and the silent disco. Who knows you might even shake a tail feather or move it like Bey! The young ones can also get their groove on with Gymba Kids.
 
FOOD, DRINKS AND MARKET STALLS
There’ll be heaps of delicious food and beverage options to keep your hunger and thirst at bay, including Embargo’s pop up bar, plus Perth’s food trucks.
 
And that’s just the beginning! Head to our website to find out more details on everything that’s on offer. 

GETTING THERE

We’re encouraging everyone to get to Merge in the greenest way possible. Leave the car at home and catch the bus or get pedalling and take advantage of our free bike valet, where there are prizes to be won! Plan your journey at www.transperth.com.au/Journey-Planner