Docklands Firelight Festival is Melbourne’s newest mid-winter celebration that warmed the hearts of Melbournian’s over three frosty nights from 30 June to 2 July 2017.
Docklands was transformed by a celebration unlike anything Melbourne has ever seen! From the moment patrons stepped foot into Firelight, they were immersed in a warm and welcoming winter of firelight installations, live performance and music, complimented by fine food and wine producers.
Docklands Firelight took the traditional winter solstice to a new level with creative director Gill Minervini (Dark Mofo Winter Feast, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) pulling together a modern celebration of arts, music, food, fire and fun.
At the culmination of each night giant wooden effigies by artist Christian Patton were set alight on the waters of New Quay, Docklands Harbour with a choreographed fireworks display as the backdrop. This highlight of Firelight conveyed the drama of winter and a solstice celebration by engaging all the senses to create a feeling of warmth, celebration and theatricality. The effigy traditionally represents the concerns of our community and our hopes, dreams, fears and fantasies.
To finish the evening, a nightly process of community members carrying lanterns down the Fire Walk signified the burning of the effigy and culmination of the fireworks finale.
Huge crowds exceeded our expectations and were kept warm by burning fire drums, mulled wine, hot soup and barbecued foods. Patrons were kept entertained by roving performers fire breathers, dancers and drummers all adding to the festive and fiery atmosphere.