Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu
White Night Melbourne – Celebrating Our City From Dusk To Dawn
Victor P Taffa
Melbourne will be the first city in Australia to host an all-night arts and cultural celebration White Night Melbourne.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said the event, in the spirit of Paris Nuit Blanche, would add another major event to Melbourne’s annual calendar.
“On Saturday 23 February 2013, from dusk to dawn, the city’s galleries, theatres, music venues, laneways and major cultural institutions will come alive with a range of special events and programs from the grand to the intimate.” Premier Baillieu said.
“White Night Melbourne will showcase all that we love about our great city arts and culture, food and wine, fashion and sport.”
Premier Baillieu said the Australian-first event would reinforce Melbourne’s international reputation as a destination for artistic innovation, vibrant culture and major events.
“With a program of free and ticketed events, White Night Melbourne will provide opportunities for local, interstate and international visitors to explore the city in a different light.” Premier Baillieu said.
“Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, this event will showcase the energy and creativity of Melbourne and show why our city is the most dynamic destination in the country day or night.”
Announced in 2010 as an election commitment, Premier Baillieu said White Night Melbourne would be an exciting addition to Victoria’s action-packed major events calendar.
“There’s a great appetite for events in Victoria, and White Night will sit proudly alongside major events such as the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Australian F1 Grand Prix and Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, as well as our renowned arts and cultural Festivals.” Premier Baillieu said.
Other cities across the globe that host Nuit Blanche events include Paris, Toronto, Amsterdam, Florence, Sao Polo, Miami and Tel Aviv.
The Victorian Major Events Company is currently calling for expressions of interest from organisations qualified to provide event production services for White Night Melbourne 2013.
Following this appointment, a full program of activities will be announced later this year.