White Night Melbourne Launched By Premier

White Night Melbourne Launched By Premier

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu

White Night Melbourne – A Night Like No Other

Victor P Taffa

On the evening that Paris holds its 11th La Nuit Blanche (White Night) event, and the NGV once again opens its door all night to farewell the 2012 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Napoleon: Revolution to Empire, Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu has launched a call for expressions of interest to performers, artists, businesses and organisations that would like to participate in Melbourne’s very own White Night.

Premier Baillieu said this exciting new major event for Melbourne, to be held in February 2013, would be an opportunity for Victorians and Melburnians to be a part of a spectacular night of art and culture like no other.

“Saturday the 23rd of February next year will be a night full of adventure and discovery, with local and international artists bringing us 12 hours of art, music and experiences from across the globe.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Our city will become one of more than twenty others from across four continents that have brought the adventure of a White Night to life.”

“The NGV, ACMI and Arts Centre Melbourne will throw their doors open all night, as will many other indoor and outdoor spaces within the White Night Melbourne precinct.”

“Other museums and galleries including Melbourne Museum will open late for special activities, and venues and spaces including Federation Square, Princes Bridge, Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr will be a part of the magic.”

White Night Melbourne will be a chance for Victorians and visitors from all walks of life to come together and experience some of Melbourne’s greatest passions music, dance, theatre, visual arts, sport, food and fashion.” Premier Baillieu said.

While full details of the highlights of the all-night arts and culture event are yet to be announced, visitors can expect to see some of Melbourne’s significant buildings bathed in colour and light.

A joint venture company formed by Andrew Walsh AM, Director of Accolade Communications and Bryn Skilbeck, Director, Right Angle Events has been appointed to deliver White Night Melbourne.

“With more than 30 years’ experience in conceiving, creating and delivering spectacular events of all sizes, Accolade and Right Angle are an ideal choice to produce the inaugural dusk- till- dawn celebration of our city White Night Melbourne.” Premier Baillieu said.

Mr. Walsh’s credits include the creative direction of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Mr. Walsh’s experience extends from Europe to the Middle East, Asia and Australia, and is complemented by expertise from Right Angle Events which has delivered large scale public events for clients including New Year’s Eve for City of Melbourne and the Rugby World Cup.

Mr. Walsh said he was excited to have the opportunity to bring White Night to Melbourne.

“The way we share our public spaces defines who we are as a society, and when art and culture combine with celebration the possibilities are endless.” Mr. Walsh said.

A full program for the inaugural event will be announced later this year.