Square farewell

MELVILLE council has launched a new one-day festival for Booragoon.

Merge Festival will see pop-up venues, roving performers, art, family fun, markets, street food and live music bring the city’s civic square precinct to life from 1 – 9pm on Saturday November 18.

Merge will become the council’s biggest event of the year and will be the last in the square before its big transformation as part of the new cultural centre.

• Swing Zing dancers will be giving lindy hop workshops at the Merge Festival. Photo supplied

Cultural centre

Under that plan the library will be merged with the local history collection, art gallery, performing arts centre, retail stores and cafes.

Mayor Russell Aubrey said Merge would help bring the community together and contribute to the city’s vibrancy.

On the bill are two stages plus a dedicated DJ space, with Japanese Okinawan folk songs through to Indian Dhol drummers and an Abba singalong.

There’ll be a ton of Lego for the kids, stuff for a nature cubby or they can meet a mermaid or a sailor.

Acrobats, jugglers and clowns will fill two performance spaces, while workshops will help create the next generation of whacky buskers.

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