Getting It Done: Taking White Night Up Another Notch

13 December 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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. For more information, visit

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“These programs celebrate the places we love, the streets we walk and the creative flair of Australia’s cultural and music capital.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“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.”

Quote attributable to Member forWendouree Sharon Knight

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.”

Quote attributable to Member forBuninyong Geoff Howard

“This program will recapture the imagination of Ballarat and deliver a real boost to local tourism.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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