The Light in Winter is a celebration of art, music and performance in the heart of Melbourne city.
Directed by arts luminary Robyn Archer AO, The Light in Winter brings together local and international artists for free events, performances and exhibitions, culminating in the Solstice Celebration on the Saturday closest to the true winter solstice.
Each yer the festival focuses on a theme and in 2014, the festival explored ideas about the cycles and circles of life. These ideas were represented in the world premiere of Radiant Lines, an interactive light installation by exciting UK architect Asif Khan, while Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre joined forces with Melbourne’s Cake Industries to construct whimsical shrines to the past present and future, titled Anachron.
Leempeeyt Weeyn’, the Indigenous campfire designed by Vicki Couzens for the very first year of The Light in Winter, burned continuously from 1 to 22 June 2014. The fire extended a welcome from the traditional owners of this land and provided a hub for a rich program of fireside events.
At the heart of The Light in Winter is the participation from over 20 local artistic and cultural groups. For the 2014 festival, discussions with these diverse groups about the cycles of life, naturally led to the role shrines play both in memorialising the past and expressing hope and prayers for the future. Shrines are common to almost all cultures, and were many and varied during The Light in Winter.
The 2014 festival also invited members of the public to record their own ideas about shrines by submitting a story to Fed Square’s digital time capsule, Federation Story or sharing their shrine design inside the custom-built video booth, DIY Shrine. You can see the videos created in the DIY Shrine Vimeo Channel.
The Light in Winter 2014 program »
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