Firelight Festival is back for 2019 with a (literally) scorching line-up ranging from food trucks and fireworks to music, fire art and light and laser shows.
This free-entry harbourside celebration of the winter solstice has become a Melbourne favourite – more than 50,000 people attended last year – thanks to its focus on live performances, music from all over the world and a whole lot of fire.
Two large fire sculptures representing Sky (Phoenix) and Earth (Deer) will arise from New Quay Promenade and Victoria Harbour Promenade. FireWorks Dance Company will mix dance, music, and flame work on both promenades, and circus star Flaming Blunderbuss and his heat-spewing trumpet will roam the precinct.
Musical performers include last year’s audience favourite Mariachi Los Romanticos; traditional jazz group The Sugarfoot Ramblers; Melbourne contemporary world music band Royal High Jinx; Lolo Lovina, fronted by Australian born Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak; experimental Indian and international music from The Fifths; one-man band extraordinaire Uptown Brown; and American-style percussion ensemble D2 Drumline.
If you’re after a more intimate experience, the Firelight Small Room on Victoria Promenade provides an up-close space to take in storytellers, magicians, fortune-tellers and musicians.
On all three nights there’ll be more than 25 pop-ups and food trucks operating alongside Docklands’ restaurants and bars, including favourites Limp Brisket, Frencheese and 48H Pizza & Gnocchi.
From 5pm to 10pm. More information here.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Firelight Festival.