White Night is an annual event held in February in Melbourne. The Central Business District is turned into a canvas for one night as buildings and laneways are illuminated up with artistic displays.
There are also several performances throughout the CBD, including buskers on the street, musicians, dancing, theater performances and film. It is a cultural highlight in Australia’s cultural capital.
The city centre shuts down as people mill about enjoying the variety of entertainment. Many events are free, but there are also a few ticketed performances. The event lasts about 12 hours, and public transportation runs all night to get people to and from the CBD.
My favorite part of the night was the light show in the Dome of the State Library of Victoria. It was an amazing experience sitting in the La Trobe Reading Room and watching as the domed ceiling was transformed into a visual representation of ideas, teaching and knowledge with a display called Ideation.
I also really enjoyed walking around and listening to the different street performers. My favorite buskers by far was the two man musical act Pludo. They are an electronic indie group and put on a great live show. I enjoyed them so much, I watched two of their performances.
White Night will be held on Saturday, February 18 next year. It will take place from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. all around the CBD. Peak time is usually between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Major spots for the event include Flinders Street Railway Station, Federation Square, Birrarung Marr and Swanston Street. Expect a big crowd, but that really lends to the fun of the event!
If you find yourself in the city in February, be sure to check out White Night. It is a magical experience walking around the city when it is transformed into a giant work of art. And the large number of musical acts means there is something for everyone. It ends up being a giant party and shared experience with hundreds of thousands of people.
Did you know there are several other White Night events held around the world? Have you ever been to a White Night?