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 13th – Sunday 15th May

Event Map

Festival Program

Friday 13th May

  • 4:00 PM - Buddha’s Day Purification Ceremony

  • 6:30 PM - Light It Up Opening Ceremony

  • 7:45 PM - Animated Bodhi Tree Mural - to 11:00 PM

Saturday 14th May

  • 11:00 AM - Tai Chi & Meditation

  • 11:30 AM - Face Painting & Balloon Twisting - to 5:30 PM

  • 11:30 AM - Kwan Lion Dance Workshop

  • 12:50 PM - Lion Dance by CYSM

  • 1:00 PM - Almsgiving Ceremony

  • 1:30 PM - Kwan Lion Dance Workshop

  • 1:55 PM - City of Melbourne Highland Pipe Band

  • 2:30 PM - Meditation

  • 3:20 PM - Melbourne Djembe

  • 3:30 PM- Dragon Dance Workshop

  • 4:00 PM - Nerve Dance Crew

  • 4:30 PM - Meditation

  • 5:30 PM - Kstar Studios

  • 6:30 PM - Twilight Light Offering Ceremony

  • 6:30 PM - Animated Bodhi Tree Mural - to 11:00 PM

Sunday 15th May

  • 11:30 AM - Asanti Dance

  • 11:30 AM - Face Painting & Balloon Twisting - to 5:30 PM

  • 11:30 AM - Kwan Lion Dance Workshop

  • 12:30 PM - Lion Dance by CYSM

  • 1:00 PM - Rosita’s Southern Flamenco

  • 1:30 PM - Baby Blessing Registration

  • 1:30 PM - Kwan Lion Dance Workshop

  • 2:00 PM - Baby Blessing Ceremony

  • 2:30 PM - Meditation

  • 2:45 PM - Sanggar Lestari

  • 2:55 PM - Meditation

  • 3:30 PM - Jhoom Bollywood

  • 3:30 PM - Meditation

  • 3:30 PM - Dragon Dance Workshop

  • 3:55 PM - Vietcharm

  • 6:00 PM - Closing Ceremony

  • 6:30 PM - Animated Bodhi Tree Mural - to 11:00 PM

  • 8:30 PM - Asanti Dance

Getting Here

There are several ways to access Golden Square:

  • From the north, via 217 Lonsdale Street, where you can access the Main Square directly, and also take the stairs to the rooftop.

  • From the south, enter from Chinatown via 220 Little Bourke Street.

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

Nearest accessible train station: Melbourne Central Station (access via Swanston Street) and Flinders Street Station (access via Swanston Street).

Nearest accessible tram stop: Melbourne Central Station/State Library Tram Stop (Swanston Street between Little Lonsdale Street and La Trobe Street).


Golden Square Car Park provides safe parking and convenient access to China Town, Melbourne Central, Emporium, RMIT University, QV and Bourke Street Malls. Specialty stores, this modern piazza has become the heart and soul of Melbourne.


217-231 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Covid Safety

The BDMF will operate in accordance with our COVIDSafe Event Plan and in accordance with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 guidelines applicable at the time. Information relevant to keeping the BDMF COVIDSafe will be regularly updated here.

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


  • Feeling unwell
  • Showing symptoms of COVID-19

If you begin to feel unwell while at the Festival, contact an event or venue staff member immediately – who will be highly visible. We also have a St John Ambulance Victoria on-site during all Festival hours for emergency assistance.


  • Make frequent use of our 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

Part of the Festival takes place on the roof deck of a public car park that does not have lift access. Participants will need to traverse several flights of stairs to reach and exit the rooftop venue.

We have an assisted access plan in place for those with mobility needs. To access BLIA Oceania 30th Anniversary Digital Museum, the AR Cube Photography Experience, the Vegetarian Food Festival, Mindfulness Forest and Vege Plan A displays, please ensure you contact our Ticketing team on 03 9671 4539 or via email at and let us know of your access requirements in advance.

Please see below for more details regarding our accessible entrance and parking.


2 x accessible parking bays are available on the ground floor of Golden Square Car Park – enter from Lonsdale Street. Additional accessible parking can be arranged on a case-by-case basis, in liaison with our Festival team and Golden Square Carpark staff.


There is a designated area assigned to accessible drop off via the Lonsdale Street entry point through the car park boom gates. Area will be signposted.


Lonsdale Street entry point through the car park boom gates. Area will be signposted.


The accessible bathroom is located on the ground floor next to the accessible drop off point. Another bathroom is located on the rooftop in the covered annexe. 


A designated accessible vehicle transport service will operate from the ground floor from the Lonsdale Street drop off point to the rooftop venue for entry and return.