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2016 marks the tenth annual Light in Winter festival at Federation Square!

To mark this remarkable milestone, director and arts luminary Robyn Archer AO has curated an exciting lineup of special events, cultural performances, exhibitions and culinary delights from 1 June to 17 July 2016.

Come and warm yourself by the fire throughout winter at Federation Square and enjoy the beautiful music, dance, storytelling and visual spectacle of Light of Winter!

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The festival will open on June 1 with the annual Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA) in Kirra Galleries, and the announcement of the illuminated glass prize winner.

On the following night (June 2) an Opening Ceremony will be held, acknowledging the past 10 years of the festival and its many community participants.

Leempeeyt Weeyn', The Light in Winter's Indigenous Campfire will also be lit in the presence of delegates to the ISPA congress (International Society for Performing Arts).

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Created by artist Vicki Couzens in 2006, the campfire will remain burning for the whole of the Winter in Fed Square season.

As part of the month-long festivities, all are welcome to enjoy the eclectic Campfire program featuring interactive workshops and exciting performances by Melbourne's best musicians, spoken word artists and DJs.

Come along on selected evenings and unwind with fireside meditation, yoga and craft workshops or be entertained every Friday with Protest + Survival - view the complete line-up of events here.

Image appears courtesy of the Federation Square /

In addition to the Campfire program, there will also be unique installations by international and local artists and lighting industry creatives. Highlights include the world premiere of The Sonic Light Bubble, an inflatable installation created by Melbourne-based, award-winning art and design practice ENESS; Refugium, a bush refuge in the heart of the city created by artist Tanja Beer; and the Kirra Illuminating Glass Award Exhibition, showcasing internally-lit glass art by established and emerging artists from Australia and New Zealand.

Image appears courtesy of the Federation Square /

Plus the traditional Solstice Celebration will be held on 18 June from 5pm. Come along with the whole family and celebrate the longest night of the year with a fantastic program of light installations, great live music, cultural dance performances and delicious foods!

Other festival highlights include Baabapul kwii-ap - A taste of Bushtukka (ticketed event); FEDERATION˛: Reko Rennie with The Electric Canvas; and The Giant Theremin.

For the complete program of events and activities, please visit

Please note that most events are free, however some may require bookings.

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When: 1 June to 17 July 2017
Where: Federation Square
Cost: FREE
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