About White Night Ballarat

White Night (Nuit Blanche) was originally conceived in Paris in 2002. Since its inception, Nuit Blanche has inspired an international network of White Night events in more than 20 cities around the world, creating a tailored event that reflects each city’s distinct passions and characteristics.

History of White Night

The inaugural White Night Ballarat was a huge success creatively and commercially, going on to win recognition as Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event and Best Regional Event at the 2017 Australian Event Awards. Based on the original White Night, first held in Paris in 2002 (under the name Nuit Blanche), White Night has been a hit in Melbourne since the first event in 2013 when 300 000 people ventured into the CBD to witness the city come alive in a spectacular celebration of light, colour and art. Since then, the event has grown each year with a record 628 000 people attending in 2018.

Created by the State Government and Visit Victoria and helmed by Artistic Director David Atkins OAM, White Night Ballarat aims to showcase the city and provide a platform for local, national and international artists to connect with audiences from regional Victoria and beyond, for one brilliant night of art taking over the buildings, streets, and laneways.

Last year White Night expanded its regional event offering to include Bendigo and Geelong for the first time. These cities join Melbourne, Ballarat, Paris, Toronto and Sao Paulo in an international network of colour, bringing cities alive under the darkness of night.

Meet Artistic Director David Atkins, OAM

The inaugural White Night Ballarat was a huge success creatively and commercially, going on to win recognition as Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event and Best Regional Event at the 2017 Australian Event Awards. Based on the original White Night, first held in Paris in 2002 (under the name Nuit Blanche), White Night has been a hit in Melbourne since the first event in 2013 when 300 000 people ventured into the CBD to witness the city come alive in a spectacular celebration of light, colour and art. Since then, the event has grown each year with a record 628 000 people attending in 2018.

Created by the State Government and Visit Victoria and helmed by Artistic Director David Atkins OAM, White Night Ballarat aims to showcase the city and provide a platform for local, national and international artists to connect with audiences from regional Victoria and beyond, for one brilliant night of art taking over the buildings, streets, and laneways.

Last year White Night expanded its regional event offering to include Bendigo and Geelong for the first time. These cities join Melbourne, Ballarat, Paris, Toronto and Sao Paulo in an international network of colour, bringing cities alive under the darkness of night.