The Stonnington Glow Winter Arts Festival is back for a second year, this time with a line-up of comedy, cinema, art installations, roving performances, live music and the main event – an open-air ice-skating rink.

Running from August 13 to 23, the festival is an inclusive arts event designed to draw people out of their homes and back into the community’s culture and nightlife.

The ice-skating rink will be set up in the Cato Street Car Park, behind Safeway and Coles, and will be open each day for the length of the festival. The rink will be surrounded by food stalls (at which you can warm up with a cup of mulled wine) and light projections. The After Dark program features entertainment every night, including DJs, live music, dance classes, circus arts and Footscray’s Snuff Puppets.

While the skating rink will be ticketed, most of the events over the 11-day festival – including the After Dark Program – will be free.

Also running as part of the festival’s program is the Glow Comedy Club. It will feature a rotating roster of Australian talent at Chapel Off Chapel, including comedians Anne Edmonds, Dave Thornton, Cal Wilson, Tommy Little, Michael Workman and Michael Chamberlin.

Glow is also bringing back the popular Flick + Feasts, a free outdoor cinema (heated) at the Prahran Market. Over four nights, each session will be paired with a themed cuisine (no prizes for guessing what you’re eating during The Italian Job).

And if you missed out on the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, there’ll be a small encore of sorts – the team behind the Fitzroy festival will be lighting up Greville Street at night with a projected display on August 21 and 22.

The Glow Winter Arts Festival will run from August 13 to 23 in various locations around Stonnington. For tickets and the full program, visit