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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

White Night Melbourne: City Comes Alive On A Night Like No Other

Victor P Taffa

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu has invited all Victorians to join in the ground-breaking first White Night Melbourne, an all-night celebration of everything that makes us the world’s most liveable city.

From 7 pm on Saturday until 7 am Sunday, Melbourne’s streets and buildings will be transformed into a wonderland, a colourful canvas and a creative playground.

“White Night Melbourne will animate and shine a light on the streetscape of our city the laneways, the tram tracks, the river, the architecture, the iconic places and hidden spaces.” Premier Baillieu said.

“It is a celebration of our culture and creativity, art and design, music and theatre, food and fashion, even sport.”

“It invites us to see, experience and appreciate our magnificent city in a different light.” Premier Baillieu said.

“We are a city of artistic innovation and we now join cities such as Paris and Toronto in creating an all-night, dusk to dawn White Night adventure.”

“The Victorian Coalition committed to opening up our city to Victorians and turning it over to creativity and discovery for a night. This is the mark of a mature and dynamic city. We are proud to deliver this latest addition to Victoria’s renowned event calendar, and proud of being national leaders when it comes to major events.” Premier Baillieu said.

Saturday night is a night of many firsts:

  • The first time an all-night cultural event of this scale has been held in Australia;
  • The first time so many of our cultural institutions have been open, simultaneously, throughout the night;
  • The first time the iconic Flinders Street Station steps have been turned into a huge live music stage.

Deputy Chair of the Victorian Major Events Company (VMEC) Janet Whiting said White Night Melbourne was the culmination of significant efforts from VMEC.

“This event brings together many of Victoria’s leading cultural and major event organisations, government, local councils and authorities, venues, businesses and transport and security representatives.” Ms. Whiting said.

Creative Director Andrew Walsh AM said White Night Melbourne had provided the opportunity for local and international artists and entertainers from other event cities such as Paris and Toronto to take part in the Melbourne event.

“We welcome the opportunity for Victorians and visitors from interstate and overseas to come to Melbourne and experience this wonderful cultural event.” Mr. Walsh said.

“All you have to do is travel along the Yarra River to see the largest laser, water and light show ever seen in Melbourne, wander along Flinders Street and witness the buildings transformed or marvel at Flinders Street Station now a musical amphitheatre, to see Melbourne in a new light.”

Road closures are in place, but normal train services are running, complemented by the Nightrider bus service, and trams are running all night along all routes.

A park and ride service will operate from Melbourne Museum and accessible drop-off and pick-up points are located on the corner of St. Kilda Road and Southbank Boulevard, Collins Street between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets and the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane.

There is also a Bike Valet in Alexandra Gardens.

“I hope you will enter into the spirit of White Night Melbourne step off the beaten path, make a new discovery, participate and remember being part of the birth of a new and wonderful major event for Melbourne.” Premier Baillieu said.

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