The Light in Winter is Fed Square’s free winter program which brings together local and international artists to Melbourne for free events, exhibitions, public art and the much-loved Solstice Celebration.
At its heart is the participation from over 20 of Melbourne’s multicultural communities. The program provides communities with the opportunity to collaborate with other multicultural groups to create new and meaningful artistic works. Like a drawing room for creative collaborative, The Light in Winter encourages communities to seek new forms of art and performance while nurturing the rich traditions and customs of their own cultures.
The Light in Winter is directed by Robyn Archer, who has been the creative force behind the program since its inception. Robyn is an accomplished singer, writer, artistic director, advocate of the arts and is currently the Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013. Robyn works with Fed Square’s Creative Program to bring new and daring light works to Melbourne.
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Renowned light artist, Bruce Ramus gifted Fed Square with the new public artwork, Helix Tree which provided the a centerpiece for The Light in Winter 2013. A 13m-high sculpture of steel and light, the Helix Tree was be activated each night at dusk by the voices of Melbourne’s choirs as it responded to their pitch and volume with vivid light displays. The 2013 program focused on power of the voice and the helix as the symbol of life with weekly forums about science and democracy and the new project 3-year project, Square of Light which explores the common voice among Melbourne’s culturally diverse communities. The Solstice Celebration saw choirs light up the Square as they sang to the Helix Tree, Square of Light participants expressed power and voice through a series of dance and music performances, light projections illuminated Fed Square’s facades and a specially-commission Anthem, created by Indigenous singer Lou Bennett.