White Night is nearing and after the success of last year’s inaugural event, we can only assume the city streets will be fuller, livelier, and we hope just as upset free. A celebration of all things Melbourne, food, drink, design, sport, fashion, art, theatre, performance and of course our fine city. There are so many things on, it is impossible to see them all, unless you have a solid 12 hours in you. There are 12 precincts alone. So here are our picks for the night.
Melbourne Central provides a hub of activity
Melbourne Central will host the ‘I Heart Melbourne’ light projection and music show at the iconic Shot Tower Square. The production has been created around the ideology of Melbourne’s distinctive heartbeat using a beating heart simulation by local talent Kollide.
The center will be running other activities through the night to keep you entertained when you need to take refuge from the streets. Think late night food trading and cheap cinema.
The Book of the Night
Have you ever wondered what goes through the mind of a writer? How they shape their stories? The Wheeler Centre will host 12 Melbourne writers who will together, work all night. They will take shifts, and in the end produce a work of fiction. Their words will be projected on the screen behind them and suggestions from the audience are accepted. Get your respectful heckle on.
The Northern Lights Music Stage
Housed in the Northern Lights precinct, the Northern Lights Music Stage will run as a pop up music festival right in the heart of the city. Ali Bird (Melbourne Music Week and Morning Ritual) has put together an impressive line up including Beaches, Teeth & Tongue, Baptism of Uzi, Lost Animal and Client Liaison.
The Northern Light Music Stage
Bells, Bells, Bells
See this as your school bell for the evening. It signals when the fun begins and sadly when the fun will close again for another year. At 7pm on the dot, then at 7am, the bells at St Michael’s Uniting Church, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Federation Bells will ring together. Listen out for them, early birds and late nighters.
Trunk Bar and Restaurant are teaming up with light projection artist Kit Webster for the night to create art out of the building’s exterior and the outdoor courtyard. We hear even the inside walls won’t go untouched. They will be partying til 7am, so if you need a drink and a place to rest your feet, these are your people.
Exposure Melbourne Silver Mine
Long exposure photography is stunning and this year will capture White Night Melbourne for the entire 12 hours. Cameras may not be as you expect them, so don’t be surprised if your mug is shot. Keep smiling.
I Could Have Danced All Night
After becoming a highlight of the 2013 White Night, I Could Have Danced All Night is back with another dance extravaganza that will highlight 12 different styles of music. Brought to us by Ausdance Victoria, no one is safe with the line ‘I don’t like this song’. Expect favourites and newbies alike to take the stage.
I Could Have Danced All Night
Do you love Melbourne? Of course you do. Be part of a collaborative piece of artwork as nine letters spelling out MELBOURNE are created covered in personal messages. Alischa Ross, Felix Scholz and the team from yeah are behind this one. What would you write?
Pom Pom Project
Have you ever wanted to make a giant pompom? Well, here is your opportunity. Etsy and the CAE are inviting one and all to be part of their interactive art project. A garland of white pom poms will be made, under instruction of course.
You can probably remember images from last year’s event of Flinders Street covered in beautiful lights? Well, no surprises, it is back again. The Wonderland projections created by The Electric Canvas will reinterpret familiar Melbourne landmarks taking over a range of surfaces across whole streetscapes. We dare you not to be captivated.
For more information, locations, and times check out White Night Melbourne