Melbourne’s annual night of creative and vibrant light installations has this year been expanded to a three-night extravaganza. Taking place from 22 August Thursday until 24 Saturday, from 7pm-12am Thursday and Friday, and the Saturday session going until 2am on the Sunday, White Night will cover three areas around the Melbourne CBD and feature artists from around the globe.
Physical Realm at Birrarung Marr, next to Federation Square.
Awe-inspiring performances abound in the Physical Realm of White Night. The Odd Platoon will see performers of the Dutch street-theatre company Close-Act moving through the air in a “peculiar parade”, while Globe is a musical, dance, circus-inspired acrobatic show comprised of over 40 performers, who will bring to life a fantastical adventure story.
Sensory Realm at Treasury Gardens, Spring Street.
The Sensory Realm is just that – you can experience sight, sound, touch, taste and smell through the medium of science and technology. Among the sights are Waterlight Graffiti, which has travelled the world, and allows people to use water to “paint” LED lights, which remain illuminated until the water evaporates. SongCloud is another highlight. It invites people to enter a weather-changing cloud that takes you away from the bustle of the city.
Spiritual Realm at Carlton Gardens, around the Royal Exhibition Building.
The Spiritual Realm covers 9 works and that have been inspired by spirituality, wisdom and emotive expression. There is the aerial installation Loved, an acrobatic spectacle reaching 9 metres in the air and performed to a moving soundtrack. The 5-metre archangel Messenger, moved by a group of puppeteers in a 45-minute show, is also sure to be a memorable event.
White Nights will also let you into some of Melbourne’s iconic sites, such as the Melbourne Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. While some exhibitions are ticketed, you’ll still be able to see some events for free, such as the immersive exhibition in NGV’s Great Hall of a six-channel presentation captured by drones inside a literally explosive fireworks display.
And let’s not forget about food. Besides the usual 24-hour restaurants located around the city, such as Stalactites and China Bar, the Supper Series will see 8 restaurants serving specially made meals and drinks near the White Night events, ranging from $48-$83. Bookings are a must!
So, with something for everyone, this year’s White Night is not to be missed!