Sparks fly as Firelight Festival returns to Docklands with world-first underground light show

A never-before-seen labyrinth of light and sound will ignite the Docklands precinct this winter – shining a spotlight on local businesses at an extended Firelight Festival experience.

As part of the much-loved Firelight Festival, the ticketed Firelight Labyrinth experience will make its world debut in Melbourne, designed by international creative lighting specialists, Mandylights.

Transforming the underground space at Marvel Stadium, visitors will weave their way through a mythical maze of light and sound – through cutting-edge technology, dynamic audio and over 144,000 lights.

The City of Melbourne’s free Firelight Festival will once again illuminate New Quay Promenade, Victoria Promenade and Harbour Esplanade in Docklands, offering a diverse range of tasty eats and entertainment, including:

  • Dazzling fire performers, African drumming, live music and storytelling
  • Fire pits and drums, flame jets, fire sculptures and arches
  • Food and drink offerings including dumplings, smoked meats, paella, hot chocolate and churros.

Firelight Festival will spark into action as the school holidays begin, from Friday 28 June to Sunday 30 June, while the all-new Firelight Labyrinth experience will run from Friday 28 June to Sunday 14 July.

General admission tickets for Firelight Labyrinth will be priced at $37.50, and child tickets at $22. Concession and family discounts are available, and people will be given the opportunity to win free tickets as part of a unique, all-inclusive Docklands experience.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets will be available from Wednesday 1 May, with general sale beginning Thursday 2 May.

To stay up to date, or to sign up for pre-sale access to Firelight Labyrinth, visit Firelight.

Firelight Labyrinth is presented by the City of Melbourne and supported by Event Partners China Airlines, Mandylights and Marvel Stadium.

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp

“Firelight Festival will once again set Docklands ablaze with activity in June, with a world-first underground light experience, dozens of fire performers and a smoking-hot line-up of delicious eats.”

“The festival is a firecracker for the local economy – injecting $4.7 million last year in three days. We’re expecting to see double the support for traders this winter with the Firelight Labyrinth experience spanning 17 days.”

“Unique and spectacular celebrations like Firelight are why Melbourne firmly holds the torch as the events capital of Australia.”

Quotes attributable to City Activation portfolio lead Councillor Roshena Campbell

“Firelight Festival is a beacon of light for Docklands’ traders – driving 100,000 visitors to the precinct in 2023, creating 700 jobs and delivering a smouldering serving of arts and culture on Melbourne’s stunning waterfront.”

“The City of Melbourne’s jam-packed calendar of events, festivals and activations strengthens our economy – bringing more than 6 million people to the city in 2023.”

Quote attributable to Marvel Stadium General Manager Scott Fitzgerald

“Marvel Stadium is excited to be bringing Firelight Labyrinth to the stadium precinct. It’s just another family friendly event we are delivering with the aim to showcase activity at the stadium 365 days per year, alongside our newly renovated state-of-the-art Stadium Square.”

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