Meaning "campfire" in the Gunditjmara language group of Western Victoria, Leempeeyt Weeyn' is an annual winter celebration initiated by artist Vicki Couzens.
The communal fire has always played a significant role in the culture of the Kulin Nations, the traditional owners of the land. Starting from August 5 to 20, the fire will be lit in the center of Melbourne's Federation Square, around which many people will come together and engage in numerous activities.
Federation Square, Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7.30 AM - 6 PM; Free admission
From the event's page:
The Indigenous Campfire extends a warm welcome from the traditional owners of this land and will be the centre of storytelling, learning and sharing over the winter season.
Leempeeyt Weeyn’ will burn continuously from 5 to 20 August, offering 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 use by the warmth of the Campfire on selected evenings in August for a variety of kids activities, workshops, live music and spoken word performances.
Leempeeyt Weeyn' Program
Saturday 5 August | CREATION | 4pm to 5pm
Acknowledgement of Country by Vicki Couzens, Uncle Larry Walsh and Robert Bundle
Sermsah Bin Saad –dance performance and blessing of the fire
Robert Bundle – music performance
Tuesday 8 August + Tuesday 15 August | 7:30am
Thursday 10 August + Thursday 17 August | 8am
Friday 11 August + Friday 18 August | 8am
Saturday 19 August | CONNECT | 4pm to 6pm
Maylene Slater-Burns – music performance
Crystal Clyne – music performance
Isobel Thompson – music performance
Shauntai Batzke – opera performance
Sunday 20 August (Closing Night)| BLESSING | 4pm to 5pm
Deborah Cheetham AO – headline opera performance
Kalinda Palmer – poetry
Kat Clarke – poetry
Louis Mokak - poetry
Neil Morris – poetry, dance performance and blessing of the smoke
The night will come to a close as the fire is extinguished and blessings to the people of the land are made as the smoke rises and disperses into the city, carrying these words with it.