Winter sparkles in Docklands

Rug up and bring the whole family to Docklands this winter to bask in the glow of the Firelight Festival.

Inspired by the traditions of the winter solstice, the festival’s vibrant opening weekend will see all sides of Victoria Harbour buzzing with roving performers, fireside storytelling, warming foods, music and fireworks.

One of the most spectacular sights will be three huge wooden sculptures burning on the water.

Local artist Christian Patton spent three months expertly designing and fabricating the sculptures, which each weigh around 500kg.

‘We start with a simple steel frame and then use 100 per cent recycled timber from pallets and crates,’ Christian said.

‘I’m quite passionate about the use of recycled materials in art. To put it simply: recycling adds beauty.

‘For the design of the sculptures, we try to use archetypal themes that are easy for everybody to relate to, and we just want to create a spectacle in the safest possible way.

‘It takes a truly cosmopolitan attitude to take this art form from where it began in remote locations and bring it to the city. Amsterdam, Berlin and San Francisco also have art-burns.’

Fireside storytelling, warming foods, music and fireworks.

Following the great popularity of last year’s inaugural Firelight Festival, Gill Minervini has returned as Creative Director to lead an expanded event.

Local businesses will also get in on the action, offering special events and progressive dinners with wintery, wood-smoked flavours.

FAST FACTS

  • The Firelight Festival’s vibrant opening weekend runs from 29 June to 1 July, from 5pm to 10pm.
  • Find the fun around Victoria Harbour on New Quay Promenade, Victoria Harbour Promenade and Harbour Esplanade.
  • A feast of festival events will then continue until 31 July.
  • We recommend travelling by public transport.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Speakeasy Series
Delight your senses over four nights of 1930s-inspired revelry at late-night haunts in Docklands, featuring tapas, cocktails, musicians and speakers.

Dining at Docklands
Foodies, it’s time for wintery feasts of epic proportions. Explore top Docklands venues for wood-fired pizza, mulled wine, a meat-curing workshop and more.

Storytelling at Buluk Park
Enjoy fireside storytelling for the whole family while tucking into delectable treats from your customised picnic hamper.

Long dinners
Celebrate the solstice over two evenings of extravagant merriment, featuring indulgent long-table dinners and fire twirlers.

Find out more at What’s On Melbourne.