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Melbourne Day invites all Melburnians to celebrate 182 marvellous years on Sunday, August 27, 2017 – in the lead up to the city’s official birthday on Tuesday, August 30, 2017. We’re celebrating with a range of entertainment at the FREE Melbourne Day Family Festival and Concert at Docklands from noon to 3.02 pm. Yes, 182 minutes to mark 182 years!

The activities at Victoria Harbour include an all-ages concert headlined by the ultimate ‘80s party band Absolutely 80s featuring Melbourne-born music legends Brian Mannix (Uncanny Xmen), Scott Carne (Kids in the Kitchen) and Ally Fowler (The Chantoozies) performing their biggest hits!

Supporting Absolutely 80s will be fellow Melbourne music legends Wendy Stapleton and Paul Norton from Wendy and The Rocketts. Also taking the stage is Peta Evans-Taylor from The Voice 2015.

Other activities include:
• Sunday Docklands Market, expanded for the celebrations with more than 70 stalls and bigger variety. Held on Harbour Esplanade from 10am - 5pm.
• Gourmet food trucks
• Climb aboard the schooner Enterprize, the much-loved Melbourne Day icon and replica of the ship that brought the first settlers in 1835
• Meet the 2017 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne (to be announced on 24 August)
• Children's face painting
• Roving entertainment
• Birthday cupcakes and other giveaways

Melbourne Day also celebrates and supports our city's indigenous culture and heritage. At the festival visitors can see stunning indigenous artwork created by artist Stan Dryden, who will acknowledge our traditional land owners with a Welcome to Country.

On Wednesday, 30 August, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle raises the official Melbourne flag at 11am at a ceremony at Enterprize Park (Yarra's north bank, cnr William and Flinders streets).
Melbourne Day aims to educate citizens on the founding of the city on August 30, 1835 and to clarify the historical events about who actually discovered Melbourne - John Pascoe Fawkner or John Batman?

Melbourne was in fact founded by the passengers and crew of the schooner Enterprize. They sailed from Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) to a landing place now known as Enterprize Park. The European settlers landed on the north bank of the Yarra River, where the Wurundjeri gathered for ceremonies and cultural activities. Melbourne Day acknowledges these people as the traditional land owners.

Over the past 20 years, the Melbourne Day Committee has coordinated activities and events to raise awareness of Melbourne's history and celebrate its founding anniversary.
For more information: MelbourneDay.com.au


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