The cool waters of Dyoondalup Point Walter are calling City of Melville residents and the wider community to embrace the changing seasons and take part in Melville Midwinter, the City’s annual artistic celebration of the midwinter solstice on Saturday, 18 June 2022.
Inspired by the notion of illuminating the darkness and nurturing new life, this year’s event will encourage the community to pause, stop and begin again, creating space for reflection and the emergence of new inspiration, and culminating in an icy swim from jetty to foreshore.
As the celebrations unfold, the landmark location will come alive with a series of song, dance, visual art and spoken word performances throughout the evening, with audiences asked to brave the winters eve and traverse their way through the lantern-lit path beneath the stars on the hill at Dyoondalup Point Walter.
Leading the musical line-up for the second annual event will be nationally renowned Fremantle based musician, David Hyams, who across a series of curated musical stations and roving performances will set the tone for the celebrations alongside some of West Australia’s most talented artists, including Naomi Pigram and Kate Pass.
As part of the spoken word component of the midwinter program, three of WA’s top poets including Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Miriam Wei Wei Lo and Gillian Clark, will be running a series of four workshops in the lead up to the event, where community members will compose their own poetry, and refine their presentations for their chance to perform at one of the stations on the night.
City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear JP said the evening would encompass elements of creative connection and reflection that allowed the entire community to usher in the new season alongside an impressive line-up of poets and artists.
“After another long WA summer, the community can rejoice on the beautiful foreshore and mark the arrival of midwinter through live music, spoken word and theatrical performances. Said Mayor Gear.
“Some of our undiscovered artists within the community might even find themselves taking part throughout the evening.”
City of Melville Creative Producer Pete Stone said the midwinter celebrations were conceived to provide the community with an opportunity to take part in an experience that celebrates deep listening, introspection, and renewal through the change in seasons.
“The notion of a change in season will be celebrated from the moment of arrival with local residents and the wider community greeted by a 12-metre free form woven sculpture by local artist Fiona Gavino before settling in for a personal Acknowledgment of Country by the fire, a bite to eat and a stellar line-up of roving performances,” said Mr Stone.
“We want to transport the audience to a midwinter realm where the sounds and sights can wash over them at every touchpoint before entering the frigid waters, letting go of the past and resetting for the year to come - if they dare.”
The City of Melville has commissioned new work from poet Nandi Chinna for the evening’s finale on the foreshore, which will culminate in a song penned by local community member Megan Ugle, written as part of the midwinter 2021 series and perfectly arranged by Hyams with a supporting strings section.
“As a final renewing act, audience members will be asked to immerse themselves in music and poetry before braving the icy waters and swimming from the jetty to the Dyoondalup shoreline,” said Mr Stone.
“We want everyone to bring their warmest winter gear and settle in for an evening of reflection with friends and family as we experience the change in season over stories, songs and performances from some of our very best local talent.”
Melville Midwinter will take place from 5.00pm at Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve on Saturday, 18 June 2022.
5.00pm Acknowledgement of Country, hot food and roving performances
6.00pm Performance stations begin on the hill
7.00pm Finale performance on the foreshore
7.30pm Jetty plunge and swim to shore For more information, including a full program of participating artists and workshop days and times, visit http://www.melvillecity.com.au/midwinter