How do you find the light in winter?
Winter without Christmas feels strange to me, but there are still fun things to do during winter in Melbourne. Saturday night, my partner Theo and I went to Federation Square for the solstice celebration, the culmination of the month-long event, The Light in Winter.
The Light in Winter is a celebration of art, music, and performance in the heart of Melbourne. This year focused on the power of the voice. Each night, Melbourne choirs use the power of their voices to ignite the Helix Tree. The highlight of the event, the Helix Tree, is a light installation of curved steel beams that spiral 13 meters (nearly 43 feet) into the sky with 1.5 kms (about a mile) of LED lights entwined throughout the branches. It is sound-responsive and as people sing at the base of it, it changes colours. It’s very beautiful and magical. There were also small campfires throughout the Square, free hot chocolate and hot tea, and live performances.
The winter solstice may have passed, but you can still go see the Helix Tree. The Light in Winter runs through June 30.