Celebrate the winter solstice with a night of free festivities with Fed Square's annual program, The Light in Winter.
Held on the Saturday night closest to the true winter solstice, the Solstice Celebration brings together more than twenty of Melbourne’s culturally diverse communities with a night of music, performance and food. Participate in a procession of a thousand handheld lights, and marvel at the lanterns made by school children, as the Square gives off the warm winter smells of fire and hot chocolate, and music from around the world takes the edge off the cold.
Watch a cross-cultural dance performance by a new project bringing together artist and community performers, Square of Light. Enjoy an en-masse choir spectacle as they sing a new Anthem for Australia that will bring the Bruce Ramus' Helix Tree to life with a unique and vivid light display. You will also have the opportunity to and interact with light installations from City of Greater Dandenong’s Nocturnal. Enjoy a new musical-fusion ensemble, The Gift of Light Orchestra which will be play at the end of the evening in a final crescendo.
You can also indulge in the many treats and tasty offerings from Melbourne's culturally diverse communities including Turkish Delight, Indian Curry Puffs, Chinese Dim Sum, Mexican hot chocolate, Burmese tea and Turkish apple tea. Fed Square's many restaurants and cafes will be offering a variety of winter soups that will warm your soul including winter melon soup (Bokchoy Tang), pumpkin soup (Cafe Chinotto), vegetable miso (Chocolate Buddha), cauliflower and saffron soup (Riverland Bar + Cafe), roasted tomato and basil soup (Transport Public Bar) and a huge variety from In A Rush Espresso.
Where: The Square
When: Saturday 22 June, 5pm - 8pm
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Square of Light
As part of a three year project, emerging from The Light in Winter and supported by VicHealth, Square of Light brings together artists and community performers from more than twenty cultures on the subject of race and power.
Responding to the question: ‘When does the light turn on?’ participants explore moments of cultural understanding and awareness through music, performance and film. Change Media have created a series of screen moments that capture the voices, faces and gestures of contemporary Australians, while a team of choreographers and directors are developing a series of new multi-layered performances for the Solstice Celebration.
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When does the light turn on? from Change Media on Vimeo.
Change Media's latest co-creative work with artists from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and community members from Fed Square's Square of Light. You can also watch it live from throughout June, 4.30pm - 5pm daily on the Big Screen. Enjoy!
Melbourne singer and composer, Lou Bennett, currently seen around Australia and the world as she performs with the sensational Black Arm Band, has been commissioned to write an Anthem for Singing up the Helix Tree.
Over the last three months, Lou has worked with The Light in Winter family to discuss ideas of voice, power and the things that connect us to this country. The end result will be an Anthem to be sung by choirs throughout the month. Hear the Anthem performed by Lou Bennett and a massed choir of participating communities on the night of the Solstice Celebration.