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More spark in Firelight this year

29 May 2019

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The Firelight festival returns to Docklands at the end of this month bigger and better than ever.

Now in its third year, the festival celebrates the winter solstice by bringing Melburnians to Docklands on June 28, 29 and 30 between 5pm and 10pm for fire, light and warmth.

All the favourites are back this year – the Firelight “gates”, the numerous crowd-warming cauldrons, flame jets, fire sculptures and water-based fireworks.

But, undoubtedly, the highlight this year will be the introduction of magnificent water-jet and laser shows from the “white pylons” in Victoria Harbour adjacent to Harbour Esplanade.

The five-minute shows every hour are being produced by renowned, Sydney-based laser, light and liquid special effects firm Oracle-Liquid. The firm is known and respected world-wide for creating many world firsts in revolutionary innovations such as the largest outdoor falling water screen and winning the international first place award for delivering the world’s most innovative application of laser projection.

The Docklands Chamber of Commerce has been campaigning for a permanent attraction of this kind for many years now and will be keenly observing the reaction to the displays.

In its regular update in the edition of Docklands News, the chamber says: “The Docklands Chamber has been pushing for this type of activation for years as a way to build momentum behind a permanent feature in our harbour, so let’s hope it creates the same excitement.”

Chamber president Johanna Maxwell told Docklands News: “Firelight is now into its third year and based on the growth from year one to year two with 52,000 people attending over the three days last year, we expect the numbers to continue to grow and showcase Docklands.”

“2019 continues to grow in entertainment and activation with fire, light and sound being the focus.  Our Docklands business community will be providing food and beverage offerings outside and are focused on warmth and tasty treats.”

“Stretching around the harbour – NewQuay Promenade, Harbour Esplanade and Victoria Harbour Promenade – provides a huge area for different viewing of the laser shows and fireworks. Victoria Harbour will be surrounded by fire, light and warmth.”

“The Docklands Chamber of Commerce is a funding partner in this event and is very proud to be involved in delivering this event to the Docklands community.”

Two sets of fire sculptures, representing sky and earth, will be placed on NewQuay Promenade and Victoria Harbour Promenade.

And the entertainers will be back, with three live stages, roving music performers and fire performers as well as warming and exciting food choices.

A five-minute fireworks show, accompanied by music, will be held each night – probably between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.

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