Join a free, mid-winter celebration with lights, music, dance and culinary delights!
The much-loved tradition of the Solstice Celebration falls on the Saturday night closest to the winter equinox, marking the longest night of the year, and the first steps towards spring with a feast of live music, art, performances and food. Tasty treats will be available in The Square as well as the many choices from Fed Square’s bars, restaurants and cafes.
The Leempeeyt Weeyn’ program also continues as part of the Solstice Celebration from 5pm.
Solstice Program | From 5pm
Campfire Jam | The Campfire
Join in a fireside jam session hosted by Rob Bundle and featuring a range of artists from The Light in Winter’s decade-long history.
Welcome by Robyn Archer AO, Artistic Director | The Campfire
Acknowledgement of Country by Uncle Larry Walsh | The Campfire
Lou Bennett | The Campfire
Soak up the incredible voice of Indigenous singer and composer Lou Bennett as she performs The Light in Winter community anthem, a song specially commissioned by Fed Square for The Light in Winter 2013. This performance will also feature a new dance by vibrant and award-winning artist Sermsah Bin Saad.
Karma Dance Group | The Stage
Be inspired by the movements of classical and contemporary Indian dancers, Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson as they draw on the ancient roots of their dance traditions in a performance that is both deeply traditional and vividly innovative.
Peau Kula (Tsunami) | Roving performance
See a roving puppet performance that tells the story of the impact of global warming. Limu, the Tongan God of Death is coming. Moana, Goddess of the ocean sends Lofa as a warning. The water rises. Will Limu reign? Presented by Australia Pacific Arts Network and Snuff Puppets with support from Brimbank Council and Australia Council for the Arts.
Tropical Dreams | The Campfire
Enjoy an exclusive performance of sound-scape and voice from multidisciplinary Melbourne based artist/performer Supina Bytol (A.K.A Tropical Dreams). Having worked within the realm of electronic music and voice for the past decade, Supina will present a dynamic solo set combining rich tones, pre-recorded samples, tapes and voice.
Luminous Lunas in Fiery Ice Scream | Roving performance
Celebrate the beauty of feminine strength through this surreal and mystical roving performance, created through abstract poem and stories about ice and fire by Yumi Umiumare with Dan West, Sophia Constantine, Suhasini Seelin and Jennifer Tran.
SK Simeon | The Stage
Get your dance on with SK Simeon and ward off the winter frost. SK has been performing in the Melbourne reggae dancehall scene since early 2011 after migrating from Kampala in Buganda, a kingdom in Uganda. He is known for his upbeat singjay vocal delivery and infectious blend of comedic tone and conscious lyrics sung in both Luganda and English.
Thando | The Campfire
Hear modern soul and R&B mixed with raw and heavy bass lines from this talented singer songwriter. Citing Jill Scott and Alicia Keys as influences, Thando’s electronic take on R&B ballads compliment evocative song writing that has placed her in a league all her own.
Pacific Rim – Anthemic Resistance | The Stage
See a powerful musical performance that shines a light on the volatile region known as the Pacific Rim, a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic belts and plate movement. Singer songwriter Rob Bundle will bring together The Light in Winter artists from Pacific Rim nations in an expression of passive resistance in recognition of the sovereignty of Pacific Island First Nations communities. He will be joined on stage by a core band of musicians including Robert Champion and Joe Geia for this special one-off performance.
Brett Lee | The Campfire
Join Melbourne-based singer songwriter Brett Lee around the campfire and be soothed by his skillful storytelling and the natural and earthy tone of his voice, a voice that makes you feel like a Rainbow Lorikeet in a Wattle Tree. His sound comes from listening to folk and acoustic surf music with hints of country hidden between the lines.
The Foreign Brothers CoreTet | The Stage
Experience one of the most eclectic and diverse rhythmic section around town, open to guest collaborations and jam improvisations. Lead by musical director and bass player Lawrence Ricks, this funky 10 piece ensemble will take you on a journey through the sonic vibrations of Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Fusion and Jazz.
Silence | The Square
‘Is there not another type of relationship between figures, one that would not be narrative, and from which no figuration would follow?’ – Deleuze on Francis Bacon
In this series, Brendan O’Connor and Tony Yap are in an embodiment of stillness and the implications of spontaneous movements in situ. Stillness is a space for the creation of a quietude.
The Pilgrim by Astrid Mendez | Roving performance
See a travelling micro – theatre production by Melbourne based artist and designer Astrid Mendez.
Conversations by a Fire | Koorie Heritage Trust Forecourt
Join the Koorie Heritage Trust cultural educators for intimate conversations by a fire outside the Yarra Building. You can also pop inside to check out an exhibition paying tribute to the life and work of Lisa Bellear and the Koorie Heritage Trust Shop.
Baabapul Kwii-Ap: A Taste of Bushtukka with Cassie Leatham
Koorie Heritage Trust, Level 3, Yarra Building | 5.30pm, 6.30pm + 7.30pm | $16.50 | Bookings required
Grab a taste of some Bush Tukka with artist Cassie Leatham (Taungurung and Wurundjeri). In a short and intimate experience Cassie shares knowledge and bush food recipes with you on a tasting journey round the canoe table at the Koorie Heritage Trust. Learn about native plants, how to grow, process, cook and eat them. Limited capacity so book now!
Light Duel by Melbourne Media Lab | Swanston St Forecourt
Challenge your mates to an interactive game that employs light as its medium. Two glowing strips serve as the battleground for a two person, pong-like game whereby each participant sends two light pucks flying at speed towards their opponent in the hope that they will miss their return volley. Employing dual arcade style buttons, players battle it out in a frenzy of electronic bleeps and neon computer controlled lighting!
RAWCUS presents ‘Now You See Me’ | The Square
Enlivening people, place and perceptions
Interact with an exciting and intriguing artwork featuring the unique portraits of eight inspiring young people with diverse backgrounds. Now You See Me is a Rawcus Public Program project in collaboration with dynamic Melbourne artists The Sisters Hayes and public artist Will Heathcote. This project has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grant Program and Transurban.
Giant Theremin | St Paul’s Court
Play with a super-sized musical instrument that stands more than seven metres tall and is controlled by movement rather than touch. Up to eight people can play at once to create a symphony of distinctive sounds.
Refugium | The Square
Admire Refugium, an installation of kokedamas inspired by Melbourne’s unique climate and bringing together flora and fauna of past and present. The kokedamas are being created over a series of public workshops and added to a growing installation in The Atrium Fracture Gallery. Come and see the final collection as they are suspended from beautiful recycled wooden archways on the night of Solstice.
The Sonic Light Bubble by ENESS | The Square
See the world premiere of The Sonic Light Bubble, an inflatable installation created by Melbourne-based, award-winning art and design practice ENESS. Containing over 200 LED lights and towering at 4.5 metres high, the bubble responds to human touch with mesmerising visuals and sounds.
Food + Beverage
Warm up with delicious offerings from a diverse array of local Melbourne vendors:
- Afrofeast – African Cuisine
- A Taste of Turkey – Apple Tea, Turkish Tea, Turkish Delight and Borek
- Bistrot Placek – Pierogi (Polish Dumplings)
- Los Amates Authentic Mexican – Tamales and Hot Chocolate
- Mr Burger
- Popstic Ice Cream | Sticky Date Pudding, Chocolate Brownies, Scones with Raspberry Jam and Cream
- Senor BBQ – Chorizo Rolls, Chicken Wings and Beef Ribs
- ST. ALi Coffee
- The Original Chai – Masala Chai
Still feeling peckish? Check out the stalls at the River Rink Village and the winter specials available at selected Fed Square bars, restaurants and cafes.
The Light in Winter is proudly supported by a range of partners.