A stunning White Night Ballarat program promises to wow crowds when the town’s historic centre is transformed in a light and sound spectacular on Saturday, 21 September.
On behalf of Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle joined artistic director David Atkins to officially launch the Ballarat White Night program, which will showcase 22 works by local artists.
With works crafted on the theme of lighting ‘a spark’, visitors will be delighted to discover many new installations.
Participants will be invited to interact with a Rube Goldberg machine in Action Reaction - an educational and entertaining installation integrating physics with technology created by Stephanie Wallace and Ballarat Tech School.
Local artist Stuart Walsh returns with Cherubim On A Sunday Drive Through Hell – a multimedia installation reflecting on climate change in a manufactured Garden of Eden.
The work of Ballarat’s emerging and established special-needs artists will also be showcased in a collection of short works which play with the meaning of words and how they affect our feelings.
Throughout the night, visitors will enjoy live music and roving entertainment as well as projections on some of Ballarat’s iconic heritage buildings.
Last year 60,000 people, including more than 15,000 from beyond the region, flocked to White Night in Ballarat, with the event generating more than $5 million for the local economy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“This is going to be a truly spectacular event, lighting up Ballarat’s historic streetscapes with colour and creating an atmosphere the whole city can be excited about.”
“White Night Ballarat is back again and that means even more people flocking to this iconic city, filling up our hotels, bars and restaurants and generating even more valuable business for the local economy.”
Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison
“With another stellar program, White Night Ballarat is set to be bigger and better than ever – illuminating our history, shining a light on our future and providing a true feast for the senses.”
Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“There is nothing like White Night Ballarat and it has something for the whole family to enjoy – light, colour, movement and a fabulous array of creative talent.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020