If there is one night of the year where people can see Melbourne in a new light, it has to be on White Night.
Set to take over Melbourne tonight - Saturday, 17 February – the night is in its sixth year and continues to offer a vast array of events, exhibition, projections, artwork, installations, in and around the city.
White Night is on from 7pm on Saturday night to 7am Sunday night, and is one night where an all-night celebration of culture and creativity occurs. Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement which began in Paris, White Night now happens in dozens of cities worldwide.
Suitably, Melbourne too will offer dozens of locations with activities, with city streets, parklands, landways, public spaces and cultural institutions offering visual entertainment – some of these include: ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, the NGV (both the St Kilda Road and Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square) and State Library Victoria.
Most of the White Night activities are both free and suitable for all ages. Any venues or works with age restriction are identified on the individual program listing.
Some of the key White Night events include:
Liquid Sky @ Federation square: an unforgettable, 150 metre installation sculpture made up of silver ribbon.
Phantamagoria @ Carlton Gardens Central Boulevard: See cartoon, life-size inflatable toys and cartoons come to life in these gardens. Perfect for children, this could be innocent or sinister – you be the judge.
The Secret Life of Books @ State Library Victoria: See a magical, almost Harry Potter-esque projection come to life in the La Trobe reading room, which has an impressive makeover for the event. This year’s projection sees the library’s books take over the space.
Snow Lane @ Little Bourke Street: Who says it’s summer when you can go to a cooler corner with this winter wonderland? Designed by the White Night team, the street is covered in snowflake lights, projections and snow machines and is a wintery space in between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.
Major exhibitions open throughout the night include: the Australian Music Vault, NGV Triennial, Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco and Louise Paramor exhibitions.
Sure to amaze and delight – see a full list of White Night events and program on the website here.
Dates: Saturday, 17- 18 February
Times: 7pm to 7am.
Locations: Melbourne CBD (White Night map here)