February 18 heralds the return of one of Melbourne’s favourite events, White Night.
Now in its fifth year year, this celebration of light and art will to transform Melbourne’s major cultural institutions, public spaces, gardens, city streets, landmark buildings and laneways into a glorious display of light, colour and art for twelve hours (7pm to 7am).
Make sure you’ve got your comfy steppers on, and a fully charged camera so you don’t miss out on any of this all-night party action featuring performance illuminations, art installations and music all through the CBD, including in and on some of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, Melbourne Town Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Library Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum and ACMI.
Some of the ‘must-dos’ that we’ve got marked down, including some gems slightly outside of the always-busy CBD hub include:
Purple Rain (Pierre Ardouvin, Lonsdale Street)
French article Pierre Ardouve’s visual interpretation of the film of the same name, starring the late great Prince. Previously featured in 2014 White Night, this visual and sound installation is created to inspire White-Nighters to pick up a clear umbrella, and meander through a lavender downpour.
Get along to this and pay your homage to the late, great artist, Prince, but remember to have fun, after all, we only want to see you laughing in the purple rain…..
Lonsdale Lounge Cinema (Lonsdale Street)
A fab way to step out of the craziness and recharge for an hour or so, this precinct offers comfy seating to kick back and take in a short film, clip, documentary or animation. If you are headed there with the family, there is kid-friendly content showing between 7-11pm, with more mature material screening from 11pm onwards. The full schedule will go live on the White Night website, from 1 February.
Swing City (Collins Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston Streets)
Taking White Night engagement to an entirely new level, Swing City will bring Collins Street alive with an all-night dancing marathon open to everyone, no matter their dancing experience, plus a program of professional dancing displays. The whole section of the street will be lined with cars and music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, so White-Nighters will be transported back in time for a fully immersed interactive, all-night experience.
Love this Way (Alexandra Gardens)
A beautiful concept down by the Yarra in Alexandra Gardens, Love this Way is a light display celebrating, well, LOVE. Designed to take White-Nighters on neon journey to discover love, through an exploration of open air, romance themed light, it sounds like it will offer up some warm fuzzy feelings and brilliant Instagram ops. Who knows, you may actually discover love whilst you are out and about… it’s a bit cute after all.
Get in and grab an early dinner before hitting the streets for some insane fun, we recommend Gaylords Indian on Tattersalls Lane in the CBD.
Where: In and around Melbourne city
When: Saturday Saturday, 18 February, 7pm-7am
More information: Check out their website