Melbourne's Light in Winter festival celebrates 10 years


From June 1st to 18th, The Light in Winter 2016 sets Federation Square alight with an extensive program of events, interactive artworks and performances to thrill and inspire locals and visitors alike. 

Celebrating its 10th year, the festival combines the past and contemporary culture of Victoria’s traditional owners with cutting-edge local and international artworks, including the world premiere of the striking Sonic Light Bubble by ENESS, a Melbourne-based art and design practice. 

This 4.5-metre high inflatable installation contains 200 LED lights and responds to human touch with hypnotic visual and sound effects. Bubbling to life every evening from the 11th to 19th June, from 5.30pm, the Sonic Light Bubble is sure to delight children and adults of any age. 

At the heart of the festival is the Leempeeyt Weeyn’ campfire, which extends a welcome from the traditional owners and is the focus for story-telling, sharing and learning throughout the two weeks. Created by artist Vicki Couzens for the 2007 festival, the fire burns 24 hours a day and hosts a range of music and activities, such as fireside yoga, meditation and craft workshops, as well as Indigenous language lessons. 

Around the campfire on the Friday nights leading up to the Solstice Celebration on Saturday 18th June, Vicki Couzens and Fed Square’s Creative Program present Protest + Survival, featuring some of Melbourne’s best musicians, spoken word artists and DJs. A full program of the Leempeeyt Weeyn’ activites throughout the 17-day festival is available here.

Under the artistic direction of Robyn Archer, The Light in Winter has become one of Melbourne’s most vibrant and exciting festivals. We’ve only just scraped the surface in terms of what’s on offer, so check out the full program here, and make sure you set aside an evening or two, put on your woollies, and take in some of the wonders of The Light in Winter. 


Date: 7 June 2016
Category: Lumo Community

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