Burning continuously from 2 June to 17 July, The Light in Winter’s Indigenous Campfire extends a welcome from the traditional owners of this land and will be the centre of storytelling, learning and sharing over the winter season.
Leempeeyt Weeyn’, meaning campfire in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria, was created by artist Vicki Couzens for the very first The Light in Winter in 2007.
The Leempeeyt Weeyn’ program could not be possible without the valued creative contribution of artist in residence Rob Bundle and Elder in Residence Uncle Larry Walsh.
Leempeeyt Weeyn’ offers a space out of time in the heart of the city. The fire is a symbol of resistance and a place for coming together, artistically and spiritually. Join Footscray Community Arts Centre and the Koorie Heritage Trust by the warmth of the Campfire on selected evenings for a variety of activities, workshops and performances. Unwind with fireside meditation, yoga and craft workshops, and be entertained every Friday in the lead up to the Solstice Celebration with Protest + Survival, a lineup presented by Vicki Couzens and Fed Square’s Creative Program showcasing some of Melbourne’s best live musicians, spoken word artists and DJs.
Tranquility Resides Here | 2 June – 17 July | 24 hours
Sounds of nature, voice and music will take you on a journey into the bush to encounter the Aboriginal presence in place and Country. Escape the bustling sounds of the city and experience the deep listening that is an Aboriginal way of being and knowing. This soundscape was curated by Vicki Couzens, Rob Bundle and sound engineer Anthony Norris with thanks to Uncle Larry Walsh.
The Light in Winter Launch
Thursday 2 June | 5pm – 7.15pm
Celebrate the opening night of the 10th annual The Light in Winter with a Welcome to Country, the unveiling of Reko Rennie’s spectacular Federation² light projection and music from Melbourne’s most exceptional artists. Headlining the evening is Mission Songs featuring Archie Roach, Jess Lloyd, Lou Bennett and Emma Donovan, accompanied on guitar and vocals by Monica Weightman and Robert Champion.
Protest + Survival | Friday 3 June | 6pm – 9pm
Listen to live acoustic sets from talented singer songwriters Jayden Lillyst, Rob Bundle and Carroll Karpany. Gunditjmara singer songwriter Jayden Lillyst is a refreshing dose of country rock, with a mix of soul and blues. He is influenced heavily by stories within Indigenous music that came before him and he aims to continue those stories. Rob Bundle, who provides curatorial assistance to the Campfire Program, is a talented musician and songwriter having performed with David Gulpilil, Kutcha Edwards, Dave Arden, Bart Willoughby, Archie Roach and many others over his 35 year career. Carroll Karpany is a Ngarrindjeri Man from the Coorong Region of South Australia, he is a well-known, experimental musician/composer and was founding member and lead guitarist of 1980s legendary band, “US MOB”. Enjoy readings from Sermsah Bin Saad and a series of ambient songs and soundscapes from KALAJI (AKA DJ, producer and sound engineer Mark Coles Smith).
Koorie Heritage Trust presents Indigenous Language Workshops
7 + 14 June | 6pm – 7pm
Please Note: 14 June Indigenous Language Workshop has been cancelled.
Take part a series of language workshops around the Campfire with language experts Mandy Nicholson (Wurundjeri) and Fay Stewart-Muir (Boonwurrung). Settle in by the warmth of the fire to gain an insight into Aboriginal languages and the importance of keeping words alive that have been used by Mandy and Fay’s ancestors.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents Shape-shifters | Thursday 9 June | 6pm – 8pm
Experience the diverse talents of Melbourne’s contemporary dance scene.
- Fipe Keanu & Noelani Lenevez – Watch Nuholani Polynesian Dance directors Noelani LeNevez and Fipe Keanu (Phoebe Preuss) as they recreate the story of the forever feuding Polynesian goddesses of fire, Pele and ice, Poli’ahu.
- Ngioka Bunda-Heath – Be moved by Ngioka’s performance that responds to the four classical earthly elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Air.
- Victoria Chiu – See a performance exploring different stages in the process of burning in relation to the effects the human race is having on the land and changes in the climate.
- Karma Dance – Admire the talents of Classical and contemporary Indian dancers, Govind Pillai and Raina Peterson. These dancers draw on the ancient roots of their dance traditions to present a performance that is both deeply traditional and vividly innovative.
Protest + Survival | Friday 10 June | 6pm – 9pm
Hosted by Mebourne-based DJ and radio presenter, Mz Rizk get your weekend started with incredible fireside performances from Melbourne’s finest female hip hop and soul artists. Mz Rizk is renowned for her ongoing contributions to Melbourne’s rich cultural and musical landscape. In co-curating the lineup for this evening, MzRizk drew on her unique blend of music knowledge, creative diversity and cultural and community engagement. Move to the phenomenal sounds of dynamic reggae and afrobeat duo Bahdoesa, Indigenous hip hop and rap artist Meriki Hood AKA Miss Hood and hip hop storyteller, Lady Lash. Be uplifted by the soulful vocals of R&B songstress Thando, soul and early house vocalist Francoise, and poet/musician Ileini (Lay) Kabalan. These artists will be joined by a powerhouse lineup of other local acts including Kaiit Waup, Azzy, Netti and Allysha Joy.
Koorie Heritage Trust presents Poetry Readings: A tribute to Lisa Bellear
Wednesday 15 June | 6pm – 7pm
Coinciding with the exhibition Close To You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show, join an evening of poetry from Bellear’s poems by friends and fans around the Campfire. A Minjungbul woman from Goernpil, Stradbroke Island with South Sea ancestry, Bellear was primarily based in Melbourne. Here she pursued her varied interests as an Indigenous activist, photographer, broadcaster, poet, feminist, academic and performer who was widely admired within the Australian Indigenous community.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents Sonic Occurrences
Thursday 16 June | 6pm – 8pm
Immerse yourself in the sonic ambiance of soundscapes performed in response to the Campfire by Melbourne-based experimental musicians and sound artists.
- Tropical Dreams – Listen to an exclusive performance of sound-scape and voice from multidisciplinary Melbourne based artist/performer Supina Bytol (A.K.A Tropical Dreams). Having worked within the realm of electronic music and voice for the past decade, Supina will present rich tones and pre-recorded samples, tapes and voice from her solo set.
- Antechamber – Hear a unique musical composition responding to the Campfire environment that will invite you to experience the rhythm of time passing with greater depth and acuity. Curated by Simon Charles, featuring performances by Matthias Schack-Arnott, Matthew Horsleym, Simon Charles and Reuben Lewis.
Protest + Survival | Friday 17 June | 6pm – 9pm
Be inspired by the words of poet, philosopher and mindful hip hop artist, Abe Nouk who’s passion is for the power of imagination – expressed with the freedom words provide. Get groovin’ to the Afro-beats of talented South Sudanese singer songwriter and storyteller, Ajak Kwai. Hailing from the same tribe in South Sudan, Ajak and Abe often collaborate to create masterful storytelling performances. Hear the contemporary Indigenous music of Joe Geia that tells stories of Aboriginal life in Australia, of the quest for justice and belonging, of history, family and love. Listen to anthems of resistance from Peter Rotumah, one of the pioneers of Aboriginal protest song. Later in the evening, soak up the eclectic music of DJ James Henry as he spins sets for all to enjoy.
On Saturday 18 June the Campfire Program continues as part of the Solstice Celebration.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents Refugee Week | Thursday 23 June | 6pm – 8pm
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
Celebrate the stories and music of our newly arrived communities during Refugee Week.
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) – Be immersed in songs and sounds from around the world as the ASRC Music Group take to the stage to perform music from their diverse countries, as well as original songs composed by members. The group will also be storytelling around the Campfire with Elder in Residence, Uncle Larry Walsh.
- Aseel Tayah – Witness the incredible voice of Aseel Tayah, performer, vocalist and installation artist. Born in Jerusalem, Palestine, Aseel considers herself a non-traditional Arab Muslim woman who makes art with a desire to drive change in the world.
- Magan Magan – Follow the stories of Magan Magan, a Melbourne-based artist who started writing in his teens. His work focuses on articulating the real lived experiences of those who are made to be ‘other’, covering topics of gender, race and belonging.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents On the Spot | Thursday 30 June | 6pm – 8pm
Get to the Campfire early to ensure a front row seat for all the action as Melbourne’s freshest beatmakers and MCs get ready to impress in a one-off interactive showcase!
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents NAIDOC Week | Friday 8 July | 6pm – 8pm
Join prominent Indigenous activists, academics and artists as they share their perspectives on the history of Aboriginal political resistance and the potentials of sovereignty and treaty in the Australian context. This special NAIDOC week Campfire will play host to academics and activists including Robbie Thorpe and feature performances by musicians Maylene-Slater-Burns and Maurial Spearim.
Footscray Community Arts Centre presents West Facing | Thursday 14 July | 6pm – 8pm
Join Footscray Community Arts Centre’s West Writers Group by the Campfire as they give you a window into contemporary stories and the way we live them. Poets and storytellers will walk you through the magic that is an evening designed to warm your spirit and your bones as you sit beside the fire.
Health + Craft Workshops
Invigorate your mind, body and soul by the Campfire with a range health sessions and craft workshops. Please note that sessions may relocate to The Atrium in the event of wet weather.
- Morning Meditation | Thursdays | 9 June – 14 July | 8am – 8.30am
- Lunchtime Meditation | Tuesdays | 7, 14 + 28 June, 5 + 12 July | 12.30pm – 1pm
- International Yoga Day | Tuesday 21 June | 12.15pm – 1pm
- Crochet | Monday 13 June | 12pm – 2pm
- Knitting | Monday 27 June | 12pm – 2pm
Leempeeyt Weeyn: Calling Out Ceremony | Sunday 17 July | 5pm – 6pm
Join Vicki Couzenz, the creator of the campfire installation Leempeeyt Weeyn, and Aboriginal Elders in a ceremonial ritual including music, dance and storytelling around the campfire. The ‘Calling Out’ is a ceremony leading up to a gathering of over 75 communities and tribes from across southeastern Australia that have been working together over the past 17 years on a shared vision to bring possum skin cloaks back into the community
The Light in Winter is proudly supported by a range of partners.