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White Night returns

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Melbourne is a town that likes a good time, and this weekend the biggest all night party of the year is coming: welcome back White Night.

Taken from the concept Nuit Blanche that began in France 30 years ago, the concept is simple. From dusk to dawn the city’s galleries and museums open up for a marathon of art across pretty much every discipline. Any almost all of it is free.

Last year White Night was epic and saw 300,000 people thronging from the Arts Centre to Fed Square and Birrarung Marr.

This year it’s an even bigger bookend to summer, with Swanston Street forming the arty spine that snakes all the way from Fed Square up to the Melbourne Baths and beyond.

There’s way too much to mention everything that’s going on, but here are some of the things we’re looking forward to:

Kick off proceedings with Moonlight Synchro, which sees the Melbourne Baths turned into an all night synchronised swimming stage. Keep the aquatic theme going with Purple Rain, a visual and audio installation that literally lets you walk through purple rain.

Then get crafty by making a massive pom pom with Etsy and see the Melbourne Central shot tower light up with the I Heart Melbourne projection show.

Dry off with a dance at the  Northern Lights Music Stage, which features local arts making the music all night. If you need a break the NGV is hosting heaps of stuff, including Tattooed City and Melbourne Now. Over the bridge ACMI will be showing flicks and serving food and all night long.

And don’t let the sun go up without seeing Midden, a surreal 3D light show at Birrarung Marr.

Below is a video we did last year following Brendan Maclean around White Night for 12 hours to get you in the mood.

White Night Melbourne from Spilt Milk Content on Vimeo.

White Night Melbourne from Spilt Milk Content on Vimeo.

White Night is happening Feb 22 from 7am to 7pm.
To find out more visit whitenightmelbourne.com.au.


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