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Melbourne lights up for White Night

White Night Melbourne has become a favourite event on the summer calendar for over 3 years now and in just over 2 weeks White Night Melbourne will return for it’s fourth year from 7pm to 7am to transform Melbourne’s city streets, major cultural institutions, public spaces, gardens, landmark buildings and laneways.

Get your comfy shoes ready and pack a camera for the all-night party will feature performance, illuminations, art installations and music throughout the city and in and on some of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces including the Royal Exhibition Building, Federation Square, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne City Baths, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Library Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and ACMI. Some of the highlights that we’ve got marked down include:

Some of the highlights that we’ve got marked down include:

The Dresses – Queen Victoria Gardens

French artist Tae Gon Kim’s ethereal work, The Dresses, shapes hundreds of fibre-optic strands into the form of three beautiful and extravagant gowns suspended in darkness – apparitions, shimmering from the realms of fantasy. Slowly the illuminated optical fibre in each dress changes colour, symbolising its history and transformation over time. Each of the dresses weaves its own story of relationships, love and intimacy – inviting adoration and adornment alongside immersion and transformation.

Skate White Night All Night – Riverslide Skate Park – Alexandra Gardens

Big hART is collaborating with Melbourne artists and skateboarders to create a new theatre show called SKATE.  The event brings projectionists, percussionists, lighting and sound to Riverslide…….you bring your skateboard.

Decade and Decadent – State Library Victoria, northern facade

Australian photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in the nation’s visual culture and is best remembered for his effervescent observations of life during the 1970s – 90s. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis during this period now form an important historical record. The images in this projection have been drawn from two award-winning books by Rennie Ellis – Decade and Decadent – and highlight some of the defining images of Australian life from the ‘70s and ‘80s

Urban Creatures – City Square fountain

Dance the night away with a whole army of animated characters. For one night only the talented animators from Victorian College of Art will lure these urban creatures out to play, accompanied by the heavy dance beats of urban music.

In addition to all the installations and illuminations there’ll also be four music stages;Trip the Light Fantastic, Grooves on Bourke, Live on Lonsdale and The Blues Speakeasy Stage as well as classical performances in St Paul’s Cathedral: Silver Rain: Illuminated Opera, Luminesce and Classical Revolution; will showcase a variety of music genres including jazz, blues, funk, R+B, soul, world music, pop, hip-hop, dance, electronic, classical, country, instrumental and rock.

When: 7pm – 7am Saturday 20 February 2016

Where: Various venues around Melbourne

White Night Melbourne Map

Visit the website here. 

Need a pit-stop from all the White Night fun? Head to Soul Cafe on Swanston St for all night happy hour, 5pm – late (20% off beer, wine, basic spirits – no further discounts) and hot snacks from $5.