*Please note due to poor weather conditions forecast for Sunday, 20 June this event has been brought forward to Saturday, 19 June.
The City of Melville present the inaugural Melville Midwinter on Saturday, 19 June from 5.00pm to 8.00pm at Dyoondalup, Point Walter for an evening of connection and reflection – and even a swim in the river for those brave enough to partake.
Nine live music, theatrical and spoken word performance stations will feature an impressive line-up of talented musicians and artists, offering attendees the opportunity to pause and let the sounds and sights wash over them beneath the stars before diving off the jetty and swimming to shore.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said Melville Midwinter would be a unique experience for the community to celebrate deep listening, introspection and renewal.
“Rarely are we allowed the opportunity to join our friends and family to view performances by talented poets, indulge in artwork, listen to live music and hear stories from Noongar Elder Dr Noel Nannup on a winter’s evening by our beautiful foreshore,” said Mayor Gear.
“Among friends and family, you are invited to pause and enjoy the talents before diving off the jetty into the river and warming up with tasty wood-fired food and beverages.”
City of Melville Creative Producer Pete Stone said the arts and culture program for 2021 and 2022 promised new experiences that would appeal to both Melville residents and the wider Perth community, encouraging participation and new connections.
"At Melville Midwinter, people will experience performances offering a chance for reflection and immersion in local stories,” said Mr Stone.
“Songwriting workshops with musician David Hyams will run in the lead up to this event, and attendees could find themselves performing on the night.
“The City has commissioned playwright, author and musician David Milroy to write a piece in response to the theme of deep listening.
David's work, The River, will lead the final performance on the night.
“We are able to share an excerpt from the piece ahead of the performance. I feel it tells us something profound about our local spaces and our relationships with them,” said Mr Stone.
“Bring your umbrella and towel, rug up in your warmest clothes and get ready for an unforgettable evening by the river.”
Excerpt from The River by David Milroy
Offer your footprints to the sand
They will be taken by the tide
as thousands have gone before us.
Be the river that brings life and happiness
to your families and children.
Let wonderment and enchantment
fill their lives and may their eyes sparkle
as brightly as the river shimmers tonight.
Featuring at Melville Midwinter
Madeleine Antoine, Clint Bracknell, Kylie Bracknell, Adriano Cappelletta, Nandi Chinna, Nikki Dagostino, Wayne Freer, Natalie Gillespie, David Hyams, Jennifer Kornberger, David Milroy, Dr Noel Nannup, Stuart Paterson, Mick Patrick, Elliot Smith and more.
For the event schedule and COVID-19 safety information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/midwinter