Late June’s winter solstice is a time of cold weather and long nights in Melbourne. Don’t hibernate – celebrate! Get out and enjoy the magic of fire, music and heartwarming food and drinks during Firelight Festival’s three big nights. From Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June, 5 to 10pm, this annual bonanza of free mid-winter fun and flavours returns to Docklands. Across water, land and sky, the 2019 program includes fireworks, fire sculptures and a world of live entertainment. It’s time to get fired up!
Fabulous fiery sculptures and performers
Like moths to a flame, you’ll be drawn to two massive fire sculptures. A phoenix representing the sky and a deer symbolising the earth will flicker with flame throughout the festival.
Witness fiery arts of a different kind when FireWorks Dance Company light up the night. Their innovative mix of cultural dance, contemporary circus and inspiring music is taken to the next level with theatrical fireworks and sensual fire artistry. Watch for Flaming Bunderbuss roving around Docklands too – his fire-breathing trumpet is just part of this performer’s mindblowing bag of tricks.
Awesome entertainers, from musicians to magicians
There are more than 40 performances each night of Firelight Festival, including 2018 favourite the Mariachi Los Romanticos band. Other musical highlights include Lolo Lovina’s wicked mix of everything from tango to Balkan gypsy beats, led by Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak.
There’s wondrous one-man band Uptown Brown and his Goodtimes Gyratorscope musical machine, and The Fifths’ blend of classical, modern, alternative and experimental Indian music. Also Royal High Jinx’s European-inspired upbeat tunes and songs, The Sugarfoot Ramblers’ Melbourne via New Orleans trad jazz, and D²Drumline. This Australian band takes their cue from American percussion ensembles to deliver high-energy rhythms and thrilling drumstick tricks.
But wait, there’s more! Listen out for the Firelight DJ’s hot tunes, and relax in the festival’s Small Room, an intimate space that’s big on entertainment. Cosy up with more live musicians, plus magicians and tellers of fortunes and stories.
Stunning fireworks and laser shows
Make sure you catch Firelight Festival’s nightly five-minute fireworks, and the hourly Oracle Liquid show. This six-minute spectacular is an eye-popping display of laser light and water jets. You get a double dose of wonder with these two shows, because they’re reflected on Docklands’ Victoria Harbour.
Fantastic food and drinks to warm body and soul
Fuel up with food and drinks made for winter, like soup, gooey, melted cheese, hot chai and warm mulled wine. Docklands’ bars and restaurants are in full swing during the festival, plus Cargo and Berth are hosting a bar between their respective doors. Check out the parade of other pop-ups and food trucks too, like Limp Brisket, U Fuculari Sicilian BBQ, Rai Thai and Skewer Me. There are heaps more to choose from, including the sweet fire power of Dandee Donuts, Dutch Poffertjes and Miss Molly’s Cakes.
Check out our guide to dining in Docklands for more tasty tips.