Victoria Fine Tunes Planning For White Night 2018

Victoria Fine Tunes Planning For White Night 2018

Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

Taking White Night Up Another Notch

Victor P Taffa

Melbourne and Ballarat will shine more brightly than ever next year, with new projections, more live music and some old crowd favourites highlighting White Night 2018.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren today launched the programs for White Night 2018 in Melbourne and Ballarat, which will deliver a feast for the senses right through the night.

“These programs celebrate the places we love, the streets we walk and the creative flair of Australia’s cultural and music capital.” Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said.


Celebrated producer David Atkins OAM has worked with some of the best creative minds to curate the programs.

“We’re home to the finest art, biggest blockbuster exhibitions and the best live music scene in the country and White Night is another chance for Victorians to showcase what they do best.” Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.

Melbourne’s theme is designed to make people question and dream. The Serpent Mother, fresh from Burning Man, will create a world of magic and chaos, while Little Bourke street will become a snowy wonderland to the backdrop of a 12-hour music marathon.

In the skies, the Verandah Virtuoso will serenade crowds across the city, with musicians performing from balconies and rooftops. A huge video mapping installation will also transform the Royal Exhibition Building.

In Ballarat, the beauty and character of the Australian bush will take centre stage with the Ghosts of Eureka street art, Dreamscape, Techtonic Grounds, the Magic Lantern Tree and Post-Colonial Women in the Landscape.

“We know how much locals enjoyed the first White Night in regional Victoria, that’s why we’re so proud to be bringing it back to Ballarat in 2018.” Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight said.

Overhead skyline drone imaging will be used to create Ballarat from Above, while the Town Hall and Craig’s Royal Hotel projections will bathe the city in colourful lights.

“This program will recapture the imagination of Ballarat and deliver a real boost to local tourism.” Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard said.

Almost 600,000 people took to the streets of Melbourne for this year’s event and more than 40,000 flocked to Ballarat to witness the historic event in regional Victoria, boosting local businesses and creating jobs.

White Night Melbourne will take place on Saturday 17 February 2018, before returning to Ballarat on Saturday 17 March 2018.