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What better way to be entertained on a cold winter's evening, than with a Firelight Festival! It's all happening at Docklands, 131-141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, kicking off with the opening weekend from 29 Jun to 1 July 2018 in three locations; the New Quay Promenade, the Harbour Esplanade and the Victoria Harbour Promenade from 5-10pm on all three days. A free event, there'll be food and drinks to purchase.

Pyrotechnics, flame jets and fire drums are bound to give out some warmth, with roving performers, eclectic music and bespoke settings, ready to set your heart on fire. There's plenty entertainment to be had with over 40 performances a night from all corners of the earth. Have a little or a lot of gypsy tunes, New Orleans brass, jazz, mariachi, bluegrass and more. For each night, a handmade giant wooden sculpture made by artist Christian Patton will be burnt, accompanied by spectacular pyrotechnics, bringing alight new and timeless winter solstice traditions; inviting good fortune and warding off evil spirits for the coming year.


Following the opening weekend is a month-long series of fiery events, so head to Docklands to experience it like never before. Long Table Dinners has been inspired by similar experiences from around the world, and Docklands is following suit with two culinary events at Chiara on 705 Collins St, Melbourne on 3 and 31 July 2018 from 6.15-9pm each night. Book now for a great night out for this and many other events. Enjoy the rich flavours of Italy on both nights, especially the last day in July as Chiara closes out the Firelight Festival.

Enjoy Storytelling at Buluk Park, 894-910 Collins St, Docklands, by special guest Jo Stanley, from her literary series, Play Like a Girl on 5 July which has two sessions; one from 5-6.30pm and one at 7-8.30pm. Again, book your tickets online for either session. The Speakeasy Series at various venues (727 Collins St, Docklands) from 10-26 July (Tue & Thu 6-8pm & Wed 6.30-8.30pm) exposes you to the best of local food and entertainment at Docklands' renown late night haunts, including Hightail Bar and Watermark Docklands. Embrace the speakeasy lifestyle complete with tapas, cocktails, performances and more, so grab your tickets online.

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For other Festival Dining at Docklands, you'll need to book tickets online for three dining events bursting with food and flavour experiences. The first one (12 Jul 6-9pm) will be at the Bar Nacional, 90 Secondi and The Hof Downtown; the second City River Cruises with Cargo and last but not least, the Saluministi Workshop. On the first night of this dining series, you'll begin your evening at Bar Nacional for an appetiser and a mulled wine paired with indulgent tapas. Then you'll venture to 90 Secondi for an Italian Main, ending with a decadent dessert of Bavarian sweet treats at The Hof Downtown.

The second City River Cruises with Cargo event takes place on 18 July from 5.45-6.45pm at the Melbourne City Marina, Berth CO3. Jump on the Melba Star for a one hour cruise complete with live entertainment and a feast to be had from local eateries as you take in the breathtaking views. It doesn't have to end there as you are invited back to Cargo's waterfront restaurant for post cruise drinks. The Saluministi cheese making workshop on Tue 24 July from 6-8pm comes complete with a cheese tasting and selection of wine to match. Get in there for your traditional Italian evening filled with food, entertainment and a tasty demonstration of smoked cheeses. For more details on all of the events, click on each individual occasion when you make your bookings.

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Why? Firelight Festival 2018
When: 29 Jun - 31 July 2018
Where: Docklands, 131-141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, VIC
Cost: Opening Weekend is a Free event, followed by ticketed month-long events, for which you need to make bookings to secure a seat.
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