The annual Firelight Festival is back and packed with some truly spectacular fire-fuelled performances. Usually, this festival would fall on the longest night of the year to celebrate our emergence from winter, but due to COVID setbacks, it’s instead celebrating Melbourne’s emergence from lockdown and our return to city life.
Daring fire performers, twirlers and blunderbuss throwers (think old-timey flamethrowers) will be heating up New Quay and Victoria Harbour in the Docklands precinct this July. The Yarra River will be lined with flaming fire sculptures, setting this iconic Melbourne landmark alight.
There will also be a range of solstice-themed food and bevs on offer, as well as live music performances by a whole bunch of local talent. There’s been a fair amount of planning that has gone into this one with the Victorian Government committing $1.85 million to the event, a good sign that things will be well and truly ‘lit’.
While you do have to book tickets online, the festival is completely free. Footy fans should also be able to experience this dazzling event after a big game, according to Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp. “We’re in discussions with the AFL and are hopeful that the festival will coincide with a game at Marvel stadium so footy fans can also enjoy the festival”, said Sally.
So whether you’re already in the city, heading out for a big night, or coming back from one, the Firelight Festival is the perfect way to ignite your night. For more information head here, or to nab your ticket, click here.
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