School’s out so Wintervention fires up the entertainment

Released 06/07/2018

Garema Place and City Walk will be filled with things to see, hear, taste and experience from tonight (Friday) as the Wintervention program hits full swing.

A winter forest, fire performances, live music, artistic candle installations and inflatable amusements will be in place from tonight to complement the already popular ice skating and sliding activities.

Winter Wonderland Circus shows and other performances will also start from tomorrow in the La Petite Grande theatre tent.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said Wintervention’s extra activities and themed installations made this winter in the city centre more exciting than ever before.

“Having a real winter is something Canberra has that most other Australian cities don’t, so it’s important we make the most out of it,” Mr Snow said.

“Wintervetion provides a little extra incentive to put on some warm clothes, get out of the house and be part of the community in the heart of the city.

“There’s a wide range of things to do and see, with things for children and adults alike, from ice skating and inflatable rides to the ice bar and fire extravaganza.”

A live music stage will feature local musicians over the weekends, beginning tonight at 6.30pm with Slow Dial, Betty Alto, The Get Downs and Endrey.

A fire extravaganza performance will start at 6pm tonight, with repeat performances, roving fire performers and lantern workshops also taking place over the next three weekends.

“This weekend will also feature a large public participation candle installation in City Walk by artist Kristian Baggerson,” Mr Snow said.

“Kristian will be creating three different designs over the next three nights, each using 2500 candles, and needs the community’s help to really make these as big and bold as possible.

“So come into the city at 2pm today, tomorrow or Sunday to help create a magnificent piece of temporary art, or come along from 5pm to 9pm to walk through and experience the creation.”

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