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The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival will return in 2019 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The event will take place on Sunday 24 February from 11:30AM to 5:30PM and will showcase traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with performances, foods and activities for all ages.


The City of Melbourne’s International Engagement portfolio Chair Cr Philip Le Liu says this year, the City of Melbourne celebrates our 40th anniversary of our first sister city relationship with Osaka, Japan.

“The 10th annual Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the special relationship that we share between our cities,” says Cr Le Liu. “This festival explores Japan’s rich and vibrant culture and celebrates how our multicultural community has grown from its influence. We’re excited to welcome the 2019 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival to the city for everyone to enjoy.”


Experience the vibrancy of Japanese culture from a variety of performances including local song and dance groups.
This festival will not only be featuring traditional acts such as Taiko drumming, Okinawan folk music, but also contemporary dance performances and a debut bilingual talk show. If that’s not enough, everyone can experience the festivity of Japanese festivals first hand through participating in the Bon Odori dance or the Best-Dressed Award for lasting memories and fantastic prizes.


The beautiful River Terrace will be lined with stalls offering a delicious, authentic taste of Japan. From the classic festival favourites like takoyaki, okonomiyaki and yakitori, to ice cream and Japanese beer to relieve a hot summer day; there is something for everyone. For the creative and fashionable ones, there will be plenty of arts and crafts to purchase too.


The festival will conclude with drawing our highly anticipated raffle prizes at the end of the afternoon including a pair economy return tickets to Tokyo as the first prize. It is definitely not an afternoon to be missed. We can’t wait to see you there.

Event details

Name: Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2019

Date: Sunday 24 February 2019 (11:30 am – 5:30 pm) Admission: Free

Venue: Federation Square – Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne (Melway: 2F, 4F)

Organizer: Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Melbourne Inc.

Japanese Society of Melbourne, Inc.