Melbourne Conversations returns with dynamic line-up to shape the city’s discourse
Melbourne's renowned public event series, Melbourne Conversations, is making a vibrant return, promising a captivating array of special guests and engaging discussions.
The refreshed program kicks off on February 14, featuring local and international personalities, authors, artists, and experts addressing topics of utmost importance to Melburnians.
Presented by the City of Melbourne and Fed Square, the 2024 edition will host six curated events at Fed Square, doubling the audience capacity from the previous year.
Guided by the legendary Triple R presenter, Chris Gill, the first conversation on Valentine's Day is centered around "Love Song Dedications to Melbourne." The event will delve into Melbourne's globally acclaimed music scene, with special guests from Australia's music and entertainment industries.
The distinguished guests include:
- Adriana: A Melbourne-based DJ, promoter, and former host of PBS FM's Opalakia program, known for her diverse mix of beats reflecting her Greek heritage.
- Uncle Kutcha Edwards: A multi-award-winning musician and activist, inducted into Music Victoria's Hall of Fame in 2023.
- Russel Howcroft: Co-host of the award-winning radio show Breakfast with Ross & Russel on 3AW and a panellist on the ABC's Gruen program.
- Romy Vager: Frontwoman and lead guitarist of the Australian Music Prize-winning band, RVG.
The Love Song Dedications to Melbourne conversation, running from 6pm to 7pm, will highlight Melbourne's cultural prominence, featuring a live performance by Uncle Kutcha Edwards and engaging discussions with the attendees.
“If I had to pick one, my favourite love song about the city would be ‘Stuck in Melbourne’ by Dan Warner – what a fantastic track," Russel Howcroft said.
“There is such a rich vein of topics to unpack throughout the year. Being given an opportunity to host the conversation about the Greenline Project is a real privilege and a topic every Melburnian should be curious and eager to learn more about."
A City of Melbourne Libraries pop-up will complement the event, offering related books for borrowing.
In April, the conversation will continue with a second event hosted by Russel Howcroft at the Edge, exploring Melbourne's city-shaping Greenline Project and other inspiring urban renewal infrastructure projects worldwide. Lord Mayor Sally Capp will be among the panel members.
“Hosting a long-running, inclusive and free event program is very special for our community, and a great opportunity to be part of the conversations shaping our city," the Lord Mayor said.
“Live music is a significant part of our city’s DNA – and it’s exciting to hear from legends of the industry who’ve played a major role building Melbourne’s iconic musical reputation.”
Free tickets for Melbourne Conversations: Love Song Dedications to Melbourne are limited, requiring essential registration. Future event tickets will be released throughout the year.
Photography by Maria Vasileva.