Dance with the flames and keep the cold at bay when Firelight Festival comes back to Docklands over three spectacular nights. Set to be its biggest edition yet, this annual winter celebration will feature over 125 artists and performances. Discover fire sculptures, roving fire performers, dazzling installations, live music, tasty food and much more. Firelight Festival will run from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2.
This year, over 105,000 people are expected to visit the Docklands waterfront for this flaming winter festival. Entry is completely free, and you can look forward to a range of cool things to see and do like:
- An interactive light and music installation in Docklands’ Central Park. Discover a sea of super-sized flowers emitting light, colour and sound.
- A giant inflatable mushroom troop on Victoria Promenade.
- A 5-metre-tall archangel puppet roaming along Harbour Esplanade. This futuristic puppet will be beaming with thousands of LED lights.
- Pop-up entertainment from over 125 artists. Think fire eaters and twirlers, roving brass bands, Bollywood performers, hip hop dancers and more.
- A laser and light activation illuminating the night sky. See a dazzling web of lights weaving over Victoria Harbour.
- Live music acts, including DJ sets, a salsa band, West African drummers and an 11-piece Columbian dance and music crew.
Scattered around the Docklands waterfront, you’ll find 40 fire pits and drums, 35 flame jets, two flame sculptures and Firelight arches to keep you warm.
While you’re there, indulge in some delicious food and drink from over 30 food vendors. Stay toasty with wood-fired pizza, mulled wine, hot chocolate and, of course, roasted marshmallows.
On Friday and Saturday, Firelight Festival will open from 5pm to 10:30pm. Then on Sunday, it will run from 5pm to 10pm. This festival will go ahead in all kinds of weather, so knowing what Melbourne’s like, it’s best that you rug up and stay prepared for rain.
Due to the noisy nature of the festival, pets may feel overwhelmed, so it’s best to leave them at home, unless they are a Guide Dog or an assistive animal.