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Melville Midwinter

25 June 2022

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Wander and wonder through eight live performance stations featuring song, spoken word, visual arts and dance, with a special grand finale performance by the river.

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After the success of the inaugural Melville Midwinter in 2021, we’re excited to welcome you back for an evening of song, dance, visual art and poetry performances at Dyoondalup Point Walter.

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. As the celebrations unfold, traverse your way through the lantern-lit path beneath the stars; treat yourself to some mulled wine, hot chocolate and winter foods; make your way through eight performance stations; enjoy a grand finale and join in on an evening swim off of the Point Walter jetty.
 
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.

We have added more great artists and community leaders to the line-up which now boasts Ron Bradfield Jnr, Josh Hogan, Brooke Leeder and Dancers, Fiona Gavino, Dave Hyams, Kate Pass, Madeleine Antoine, Ilona McGuire, Kate Pass, Gillian Clark, Lucy Arnall, Circus WA, Camille Lalanne,  Megan Ugle, Mick Patrick, Kay Walley, Leanne Woods and Scott-Patrick Mitchell.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Make sure to dress warmly. All ages welcome. Bring your bathers and a towel.

Event schedule:

  • 5.00pm: Acknowledge Country | Roving performances | Hot food and fire
  • 6.00pm: Performances begin on the hill
  • 7.00pm: Finale performance | Swim from jetty to shore

You can register to keep up to date with performer announcements, parking and weather details relating to Melville Midwinter.

Dyoondalup by Dr Nandi Chinna a poem comissioned for Melville Midwinter 2022.

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Event Information

Hosted byCity of Melville
Time5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CostFree
Contact DetailsCity of Melville Customer Service | 08 9364 0666

Location

Dyoondalup Point Walter Reserve, Honour Ave, Bicton WA 6157 Get Directions
  • Musicians perform at one of the many performance stations - Melville Midwinter 2021.Musicians perform at one of the many performance stations - Melville Midwinter 2021.
  • The last few brave swimmers leap into the river's icy waters. Dozens more make their way to shore - Melville Midwinter 2021.The last few brave swimmers leap into the river's icy waters. Dozens more make their way to shore - Melville Midwinter 2021.
  • Hundreds wandered along the hill at Dyoondalup Point Walter to see the live performances - Melville Midwinter 2021.Hundreds wandered along the hill at Dyoondalup Point Walter to see the live performances - Melville Midwinter 2021.
  • Comfort foods including roasted marshmallows were enjoyed by adults and children alike - Melville Midwinter 2021.Comfort foods including roasted marshmallows were enjoyed by adults and children alike - Melville Midwinter 2021.
  • Musicians perform at one of the many performance stations - Melville Midwinter 2021.Musicians perform at one of the many performance stations - Melville Midwinter 2021.

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