Coronavirus: Due to the current situation, events may be cancelled at short notice and businesses may temporarily close. Check with the venue before planning to attend. More information on coronavirus.

What to see and do at the Festival of Independents

The Festival of Independents in Flinders Quarter

Creative businesses in alleys and arcades around where Flinders Lane and Degraves Street meet are celebrating the season with the Festival of Independents Christmas. Until 13 December, this district known as Flinders Quarter will feature free delights like a Play Me, I’m Yours street piano. See a Nicholas Building photo essay, a big art-meets-nature suspended sculpture, and browse, if not buy, creations by Melbourne artists and designers.

Don’t miss the Christmas selfie greetings that come alive in augmented reality.  Three city sites, each featuring a different animated festive greeting, are waiting to be discovered. Simply download the EyeJack smartphone app, stand in front of one of the artworks, snap and share. The artwork sites can be found outside Bared Footwear on Manchester Lane, the Streetwear pop-up shop in Scott Alley and at Obus in the Cathedral Arcade.

People walking in a laneway with alfresco dining and a busker performing

Head to Degraves Street and Flinders Lane for the Festival of Independents