The Event at Queensbridge Square
Message from the City of Melbourne 2016
This year’s Swiss Festival will feature some unusual customs including alpine horn blowing and a carnival brass band that play popular songs with a slight change in rhythm – so listen out for our sacred Australian folk song, Waltzing Matilda, dancing to a different tune.
Like Victoria, Switzerland is home to a number of different cultures. The Swiss speak four official languages including the ancient Latin language Romansch, still spoken by less than one per cent population.
The Swiss Festival was launched in the Flagstaff Gardens in 2002 as a get-together for a couple of hundred people. Fourteen years later more than 5000 people will flock to Southbank to sample Swiss cheeses such as Raclette and Gruyere and of course many varieties of chocolate. And despite the lack of mountains in Southbank you won’t escape the yodelling.
City of Melbourne is proud to support this festival organised by the Swiss community of Victoria and we encourage you to bring the family and enjoy a cultural experience that runs like clockwork.
City of Melbourne
Contact Us: for volunteering or further enquiries
Swiss Festival Inc. ABN 66 520 451 009