Plan Your Visit

Our vibrant festival programme of accessible performances and events fosters multicultural community connections, bridging cultural divides through the celebration of art and culture.

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May

Friday 3rd May

  • 6:30 PM - Light It Up Opening Ceremony

  • 7:45 PM - Buddha's Light Immersive Fireworks & Light Display

Saturday 4th May

  • 11:00 AM - Blessing Ceremony, Calligraphy & Puppet Show

  • 11:30 AM - Children's Face Painting & Storytelling

  • 12:00 PM - Fo Guang Shan Choir, Giant Bubbles & Workshop

  • 12:30 PM - Dharma Talk & Discussion: Hearts Sutra 佛法分享

  • 1:00 PM - Almsgiving Ceremony & Puppet Show

  • 1:30 PM - Giant Bubbles

  • 1:45 PM - Eisa Okinawa Drum Performance

  • 2:00 PM - Lion Dance Workshop & Guided Meditation

  • 2:30 PM - Gospel Choir, Giant Bubbles & Puppet Show

  • 3:00 PM - Dragon Dance Workshop & Calligraphy

  • 3:15 PM - Mexbourne Mexican Dance Performance

  • 3:30 PM - Giant Bubbles

  • 4:00 PM - Sanggar Lestari Dance & Jawa Pitu Live Band Performance

  • 4:30 PM - Giant Bubbles & Calligraphy

  • 4:45 PM - Rangana & Udumbara Sri Lankan Dance Performance

  • 5:00 PM - Dragon Dance Workshop

  • 5:15 PM - Calligraphy / Sutra Copying

  • 5:30 PM - Vega Crew Chinese Dance Performance & Story Time

  • 6:00 PM - Twilight Light Offering Ceremony & Puppet Show

  • 6:30 PM - The Meaning of the Lotus Flower in Buddhism

  • 7:00 PM - Street Dance Studios Dance Performance

  • 7:30 PM - Children's Story Time, Dharma Talk & Discussion

  • 8:00 PM - Buddha's Light Immersive Fireworks & Light Display

  • 8:30 PM - OneForAll KPop Performance

Sunday 5th May

  • 11:00 AM - Tai Chi Meditation & Dragon Dance Workshop

  • 11:30 AM - Puppet Show & Calligraphy

  • 11:45 AM - OneForAll KPop Performance

  • 12:00 PM - Giant Bubbles, Children's Face Painting & Dance Workshop

  • 12:30 PM - City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band

  • 1:00 PM - Puppet Show, Dharma Talk & Discussion: Life Difficulties

  • 1:15 PM - Giant Bubbles, African Djembe Dance Performance & Workshop

  • 1:30 PM - Baby Blessing Registration & Dance Workshop

  • 2:00 PM - Baby Blessing Ceremony

  • 2:30 PM - Story Time, Dharma Talk & Discussion: Hearts Sutra

  • 3:00 PM - Giant Bubbles & Dragon Dance Workshop

  • 3:15 PM - Saoirse Celtic Band Performance

  • 3:30 PM - Calligraphy & Puppet Show

  • 3:50 PM - Dragon Dance Performance

  • 4:00 PM - Dharma Talk & Discussion: Hearts Sutra

  • 4:15 PM - Giant Bubbles

  • 4:30 PM - Jhoom Bollywood Dance Performance & Workshop

  • 5:00 PM - End of Festival

Getting Here

Public Transport

Save the planet and leave your car at home if you can. Federation Square is conveniently located near most forms of public transport including Melbourne’s iconic tram network. Plan your journey via Public Transport Victoria.

Federation Square is directly opposite Melbourn’s iconic Flinders Street Station and part of Melbourne’s  Free Tram Zone, which includes the area from the iconic Queen Victoria Market to Victoria Harbour in Docklands, up to Spring Street and over Flinders Street Station and Federation Square.

Nearest accessible train station: Swanston Street Station (access via Swanston Street).

Nearest accessible tram stop: Swanston Street Tram Stop

Bike Parking

Planning on riding your bike to the Festival? Federation Square has various bicycle parking locations scattered throughout the square.

Vehicle Parking

Parking in the Melbourne CBD is easy with the Fed Square Car Park. Conveniently located on the Russel Street Extension and with a second entrance off Batman Ave, the Fed Square Car Park is safe, secure and provides quick and easy access to Fed Square, the MCG and sporting precinct, South Bank and Melbourne CBD and shopping districts.


Federation (Fed) Square


Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Covid Safety

The BDMF will operate in accordance with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 guidelines applicable at the time.

Please follow the instructions of event staff and volunteers and adhere to the following principles while attending.


  • Feeling unwell
  • Showing symptoms of COVID-19


  • Make frequent use of hand sanitising facilities
  • We encourage the use of face masks
  • Listen to and comply with instructions given by event or venue staff
  • Stay up to date with the latest information from the Victorian Government at


Accessibility & Inclusion

Federation Square and the entire festival site can be easily accessed from Swanston Street. The undulating surface of the Main Square is made up of sandstone cobblestones, with a marked access path. Swanston Street offers the best access to the Main Square, and lift access is available to and from The Atrium. The Big Screen is equipped with a hearing loop and there are accessible toilets located next to Time Out Café. The Main Stage has lift access for performers, and St Paul’s Court, Swanston Street Forecourt and The Amphitheatre also have wheelchair access.


FedSquare has its own multi-level car park, which is accessible from Russell Street or Batman Ave (Exhibition Street extension – City Link). The Federation Square Car Park is open 24hrs and has accessible spaces located next to the lift on each level.


If you are accessing the Main Square the safest place to pick up and drop off passengers is the Taxi Rank across the road on Swanston Street. If you are accessing Deakin Edge, we recommend the Russell Street Extension.


Swanston Street offers the best access to the Main Square, and lift access is available to and from The Atrium.


There are accessible public toilets and baby-change facilities located in the Main Square, next to Time Out Cafe and in The Atrium, next to IceBar.