While shooting videos for our clients in Melbourne, we get to experience a lot of amazing places and events in this vibrant city. Whether it’s great music & arts festivals, creative exhibitions, spectacular shows or action-packed sports events, the events calendar of Melbourne is always fully loaded. To share our passion for this incredible city, we put together four of our favorite events for you:
Get ready to stay up all night with the lights on: Each year in February, White Night illuminates the streets, laneways and parks of Melbourne’s CBD to celebrate culture, creativity and diversity. Join around half a million locals and visitors for light installations, exhibitions, street performances and music.
White Night began as Nuit Blanche in Paris and since has developed into a global movement happening in 12 cities worldwide. The White Night Melbourne lit up the streets of Victoria’s creative hub for the first time in 2013 – and is now one of the biggest events in Australia.
From dusk till dawn, all streets, gardens and public spaces in the CBD and its surroundings. From St. Kilda Road to Carlton Gardens, the city is turned into a dazzling 12-hour in and outdoor festival with fascinating street performances, great music and dance acts, impressive visual arts, projections and illuminations, special dining experiences and lots of interactive events.
In summer 2018, White Night Melbourne adds up with a few brand new sites along with the all time favourites. You’ll be taken on a journey with 100+ program acts, featuring artists from Australia and all across the globe. Take in some of the most impressive works of contemporary indigenous artists, world-class photographers, light painters and street artists at major venues such as the Royal Exhibition Building, the State Library of Victoria or Queen Victoria Gardens.
White Night Melbourne has been initiated by the State Government of Victoria and is owned and operated by Visit Victoria (the region’s tourist board). They joined forces with David Atkins who took on the role as Artistic Director for the 2018 events.
Keep in mind that White Night Melbourne is a massive national event. Peak hours are usually between 9pm and 1am, so you if you’re not a fan of large crowds you might want to work your schedule around these times.
We love to turn it into a start the night off with a dinner at one of Melbourne’s great restaurants, watch the sunset by the beach, sip a drink in a bar in St Kilda or Fitzroy and then hit the White Night sometime after midnight. You could even make it a very, very early morning – the freedom is yours.
White Night is your chance to see Melbourne in a completely different light. Come and celebrate our diverse creative scene.
Best to bring your water bottle filled up, your phone charged, wear comfy shoes – and a big smile, of course. Make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. Keep checking the website for a downloadable map of the festival area.
If you plan to come by car, remember that some roads will be closed around the CBD from the afternoon onwards. The parking facilities are limited. That’s why we recommend to travel into the city by public transport. Get off anywhere between the Arts Precinct and Flinders Street.
Tip: Start at the National Gallery of Victoria and work your way up
Date: Friday and Saturday, February 17-18, 2017
Time: 7pm – 7am
Cost: Mostly free, just a few venues do ticketed events (check the White Night website for details)
Location: throughout Melbourne CBD