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* The Light in Winter 2016 *
This year The Light in Winter celebrates its tenth anniversary, marking a decade of warming up the heart of Melbourne at Fed Square through a combination of major light-art commissions with hearty community participation. The Light in Winter rejoices in the acknowledgement of the contributions, made by communities of diverse cultural backgrounds, which have made Melbourne the great world city it is today. At the same time, the mid-winter festival is proud to have hosted unique installations by internationally recognised artists such as Rafael Lozano Hemmer, Asif Khan, Bruce Ramus, United Visual Arts, Luz Interruptus, Nathan Thompson and so many more; as well as the participation of local artists and lighting industry creatives. The Light in Winter will open gently on 1 June with the annual Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA) in Kirra Galleries, and the announcement of the illuminated glass prize winner. On 2 June an opening ceremony will acknowledge the ten years of the festival and its community participants, as they are welcomed once again to Leempeeyt Weeyn', the Indigenous Campfire which artist Vicki Couzens created for the very first The Light in Winter ten years ago. The fire will be lit that night, in the presence of delegates to the ISPA congress (International Society for Performing Arts), and will remain burning at the front of Fed Square for the whole of the Winter in Fed Square season; the sight and smell of the smoke has become a beautiful marker of the coldest months. Come to warm yourself by the fire throughout winter and enjoy beautiful music, dance, storytelling and visual spectacle.
The Light in Winter
Giant ThereminPlay with a super-sized musical instrument standing more than seven metres tall! Controlled by movement rather than touch, the Giant Theremin can be played by up to eight people at once. The Theremin's unique warble will be accompanied by an array of distinctive sounds, making it impossible to resist running, dancing, jumping and forming unusual shapes in the activation zone to create a symphony of movement. The Giant Theremin is a City of Melbourne initiative, created by renowned Melbourne-based artist, Robin Fox. St Paul's Court Weekdays | 2pm - 10pm | Weekends | 10am - 10pm Times may vary depending on Fed Square events program. Free
Campfire Program: Leempeeyt Weeyn'Burning continuously from 2 June to 17 July, The Light in Winter's Indigenous Campfire extends a welcome from the traditional owners of this land and will be the centre of storytelling, learning and sharing over the winter season. Leempeeyt Weeyn', meaning campfire in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria, was created by artist Vicki Couzens for the very first The Light in Winter in 2007. The Leempeeyt Weeyn' program could not be possible without the valued creative contribution of artist in residence Rob Bundle and Elder in Residence Uncle Larry Walsh.
FEDERATION˛: Reko Rennie with The Electric CanvasSee Fed Square transform into an electric canvas with the work of internationally acclaimed Indigenous artist Reko Rennie. Following its premiere for White Night Melbourne 2016, the spectacular, kaleidoscopic light projection will flood the facades of Fed Square over four nights for The Light in Winter. Through building-mapping and artistic projections onto Fed Square's many geometric sandstone, zinc and glass surfaces, inter-disciplinary artist Reko Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.
The Sonic Light Bubble by ENESSSee 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. Stop by and interact with the visual delights of The Sonic Light Bubble. Daily | 5:30pm - late
Solstice CelebrationJoin 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. The Solstice program is presented by Fed Square's Creative Program in collaboration with Footscray Community Arts Centre. 5pm - 9pm
The Light in Winter LaunchCelebrate The Light in Winter's tenth anniversary with an opening event combining music, bright lights and ceremony. The fireside celebrations and the start of The Light in Winter begin with a Welcome to Country from Indigenous Elders and the first sparks of Leempeeyt Weeyn', the Indigenous Campfire designed by Vicki Couzens for the very first The Light in Winter ten years ago. Following the lighting of the Campfire, artist Reko Rennie will light up the Fed Square facades with his kaleidoscopic projection, Federation˛. Mission Songs Project will take to the stage with a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs composed and performed between 1900 to 1999. Indigenous artists including Archie Roach, Lou Bennett and Emma Donovan will join curator Jessie Lloyd on stage, accompanied on guitar and vocals by Monica Weightman and Robert Champion. Thursday 2 June | 5pm - 7:15pm The Square FREE
AssociatedClose to You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show Kirra Illuminating Glass Award Exhibition Refugium Nawurapu Wunungmurra: Mokuy Baabapul kwii-ap - A taste of Bushtukka with Cassie Leatham
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