Pillars of Light, a multicultural celebration of Chanukah, will light up Meobourne’s Federation Square in a show of unity and hope as our city reopens. The festival of Chanukah runs from From Sunday 28 November to Sunday 5 December, and there will be festive events each evening along with lighting of the Menorah candle (large).
Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Cr Sally Capp will launch the 8-day program of Pillars of Light. Each evening will feature a tailored program of speakers, performances, cultural moments and guest appearances that explore key themes including inclusivity, sports, harmony, youth, connection, diversity and reconciliation.
LiveNation, Australia’s premier music promoters, have partnered with Pillars of Light to program local multicultural, faith and Indigenous artists that will perform from Fed Square’s main stage each evening.
Each stem of the eight branch 12ft high Menorah (candelabra) showcased and lit each evening will represent a different festival theme that celebrates the groups and cultures that comprise the incomparable Victorian landscape.
“This year’s Chanukah celebrates so much more — the sharing of light, hope and emerging out of darkness; something that is so relevant, necessary and meaningful in our current climate,” explains Gabi Kaltmann, Rabbi of the ARK Centre and Director of Pillars of Light.
Bringing together people from a range of different backgrounds, cultures and faith communities over these eight nights, Pillars of Light hopes to create a sense of connection and belonging in the heart of the CBD.