The Light in Winter
Indigenous Campfire
Light Installations

The Light in Winter

Dates: 1 - 21 June 2015

Address: Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 9655 1900  |  Fax: 03 9663 3652  


Experience art, music and performance from dusk with Federation Square's annual winter program, The Light in Winter.

Directed by arts luminary Robyn Archer AO, The Light in Winter brings together local and international artists for free events, performances, exhibitions and the much-loved Solstice Celebration.

2015 is the International Year of Light and The Light in Winter celebrates the newest and oldest sources of light, both of which continue to exert a profound influence on humanity.

The laser is a unique kind of light, the most intense and concentrated on earth. It is already part daily life, in supermarket scanners, video and compact discs, and in medical tools. A laser bores holes in the hardest of diamonds, but also performs delicate surgical operations. Lasers are part of scientific research, space and environmental exploration and are also part of art and fun.

Come into Fed Square and experience Chris Levine's laser-based installation Molecule of Light.

The oldest source of man-made light is juxtaposed with the newest when a Welcome to Country lights up Leempyt Weeyn', the campfire created by Vicki Couzens for the first The Light in Winter nine years ago. This year the campfire will be bright with performances and talks at lunchtime and dusk in a fantastic lead-up to festival favourite, the Solstice Celebration.

Come and warm yourself by the fire as families of diverse communities and artists share their culture and tell stories of light and enlightenment. In the meantime there are exhibitions, talks and screen programs throughout the month, so please join in at Federation Square this June and warm up your winter.

Content: Federation Square


This is a free event.


  • Bar
  • Car park
  • Child activities
  • Access without assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • Toilet facilities for the disabled
  • Entertainment
  • Public telephone
  • Shaded area
  • Sheltered area

Opening hours

Sunday to Saturday

Disabled access

The undulating surface of the Main Square is made up of sandstone cobblestones, with a marked access path. Swanston Street offers the best access to the square and lift access is available from The Atrium. The Big Screen is equipped with a hearing loop and there are accessible toilets located next to Time Out Café. The Main Stage has lift access for performers. St Paul’s Court, Swanston Street Forecourt and The Amphitheatre also provide wheelchair access.

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