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Melbourne White Night returns

When Melbourne turns to night, it's all lights, sound and action!

Words by: Matthew Stephenson
Photography by: John Gollings

Stock up on coffee and Red Bull, White Night, Melbourne’s all-night celebration of art, music, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance, is back. Debuting last year, the festival drew in impressive crowds of over 300,000 and this year things are shaping up to be even bigger and better. The festival itself is inspired by Paris’ night festival Nuit Blanche, created in 1989 began as an excuse for museums and galleries to remain open all night for one night of the year.

Since then, the concept of the White Night festival has spread across many countries around the globe with the scope and diversity of content expanding exponentially. And Melbourne’s iteration is certainly no exception. With the new program announcement, there are now over 100 activities and events to take part in. A positively daunting number, however with such a wealth of content available there is almost certainly something for everyone to enjoy.

From 7pm on Saturday 22 February to 7am on Saturday 23 February Melbourne will be divided into 11 precincts, each with their own theme and specifically curated art instillations and performances. The Northern Lights precinct, for example, includes projections at the State Library of Victoria, synchronised swimming, a live music stage, a writing challenge and events at RMIT University and Melbourne Central. Or the Shadows precinct which features choral works, film and engaging visual art installations will immerse and involve the viewer.

If art and music is not your thing, it is still worth taking a walk through the city after dark as the light projections and “Vortex” on Southbank Pedestrian Bridge are all free and visually stunning. There are also paid events taking place on the night, like the impressive Designing 007 exhibition at the Melbourne Museum that will be open all night long.

So this Saturday prepare for a night full of art, culture and fun as White Night explodes across Melbourne, filling streets, laneways, galleries, cinemas and museums with exciting works of art.

More info, public transport info and event schedules and maps can be found at:

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