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Directed by Robyn Archer, The Light in Winter bathes the city in a warm glow on a chilly winter night. If you’re not familiar, it’s Federation Square’s annual and month-long presentation of free art and exhibitions with some shiny embellishments. With respect to bright lights, it’s similar to Vivid Sydney’s LED light festival that sets the harbour aglow – but for Melbourne. Brilliant luminary displays set fire to a multicultural festival showcasing an immense melting pot of culturally diverse artists and performers from the local area and around the world. Essentially, it’s a declaration of love and kinship in the community, and a way for Melbourne’s diverse inhabitants to appreciate one another and practice togetherness.
In addition to the visually breathtaking light creations scattered throughout the square, the centrepiece is Designer of the Future 2011, and creator of the Coca Cola Pavilion at the London Olympic Games 2012, Asif Khan’s interactive light installation Radiant Lines. Last but not least, The Light in Winter is a celebration in honour of another bright light – the sun, and the winter solstice.