Frequently Asked Questions

White Night Ballarat is on Saturday 17 March 2018, and runs from 7pm until 2am, rain, hail or shine.

Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the night.

About the Night

WHAT IS WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT?

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement that began in Paris in 2002 and came to Australia as White Night Melbourne in 2013, this spectacular event finds the city reimagined through art, music, colour and light. Returning in 2018 after its award-winning debut as the first of its kind in regional Australia, White Night Ballarat welcomes all to witness the city reimagined in a one-night-only festival of illumination, transformation and participation.

There is so much on offer that you don’t need to see everything, but if you want to try, you have several hours – so pace yourself. Take advantage of the quieter spaces to rest and recharge and enjoy your evening.

WHERE WILL WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT BE HELD, EXACTLY?

White Night Ballarat takes over the heart of Ballarat, focusing on Lydiard Street (from Ballarat Station in the north to Dana Street in the south) and Sturt Street (between Armstrong and Grenville Streets).

IS WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT FREE?

Almost everything at White Night Ballarat is free, but a few venues may be hosting ticketed events; these will be clearly indicated on their individual program listings, along with booking details.

About the Program

ARE ALL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM SUITABLE FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE?

The majority of the White Night Ballarat program is suitable for all ages. Any venues or works with an age restriction due to program content will be identified on individual program listings.

IS THERE AN OFFICIAL PROGRAM GUIDE?

The program is now available. A downloadable event map is also available.

WHEN WILL THE PROJECTIONS AND LIGHTING DISPLAYS START AND END?

White Night Ballarat runs from 7pm to 2am; however, the projections and lighting works are best viewed after darkness falls (around 9pm).

WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE THE ENTIRE WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT PROGRAM?

The White Night Ballarat program has dozens of free cultural events and activities, so you may not be able to experience every single program item. But there is no right or wrong way to experience the event. There is so much on offer, so feel free to arrive and see what happens! White Night Ballarat is yours to create for yourself – no two people will have the same experience.

WHO CREATED AND PRODUCES THE EVENT?

White Night Ballarat is a State Government of Victoria initiative that is owned and managed by Visit Victoria. It is produced by David Atkins Enterprises, with Artistic Director David Atkins OAM at the helm curating works created by local, national and international artists.

Planning Your White Night

HERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION BEFORE THE EVENT?

The best place to find accurate and up-to-date information is here on the White Night website and on the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT?

For updates throughout the night follow White Night Ballarat on Twitter or Facebook. Information Points will also be located throughout the precinct, and White Night Ballarat team members will be happy to help you.

For details about the locations of the Information Points, please check the program map on this website, which you can download.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT?

White Night Ballarat is a unique event that runs from 7pm until 2am, allowing you to choose an arrival time that suits you. Arrive whenever you want, stay as long as you like and enjoy everything that’s on offer at your own pace. You could start with dinner at a local restaurant, then continue through the evening; you could bring the kids for an adventure before bedtime; or you might prefer to begin at midnight. It’s up to you!

There are incredible events taking place throughout the evening. The biggest crowds at White Night Ballarat 2017 were experienced between about 9pm and 11.30pm, and it’s likely this will be similar in 2018.

If there are crowds and queues in some areas, why not just continue on – you will likely discover something you didn’t expect! You can always circle back later. And if you find yourself in a crowd, be patient and follow any directions from the White Night Ballarat team.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT?

Make sure to bring a water bottle, a charged phone and comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to download the event map, available from this site soon.

IS THERE A CHANCE THAT WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT WILL BE POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

Come rain, hail or shine it’s happening on 17 March 2018 from 7pm to 2am – so come prepared! White Night Ballarat has a range of program options that are both indoor and outdoor to cater for all weather conditions.

Getting to White Night

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport is a great way to get to and from White Night Ballarat, but please keep in mind that demand may be high during peak times. PTV will be running buses, trains and coaches all night, and will be providing Park & Ride services. See Public Transport & Parking or visit the PTV website for more.

WILL PUBLIC TRANSPORT BE FREE?

Public transport will not be free during White Night, so you will still need to top up and use your myki. For more information, see ptv.vic.gov.au/myki.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

You can visit the PTV website or call PTV on 1800 800 007.

DRIVING

We recommend you use public transport where possible, as car parking in the area bordering the event precinct will be limited. PTV will be providing Park & Ride services for the night; see the Public Transport & Parking page for more information.

If you must drive, be aware that there will be several roads closed in and around the Ballarat CBD. View the Road Closures Map & Table for details.

Access & Amenities

WHO CAN I ASK FOR INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT AND HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO SPOT THEM?

There will be Information Points across the White Night Ballarat precinct and staff will be present and identifiable throughout the night to assist with any queries. The Information Points are marked on the downloadable event map.

IS THERE SEATING IN ALL AREAS?

Seating is available in participating indoor venues, restaurants, cafes and bars.

WHICH RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND BARS WILL BE OPEN DURING THE EVENT?

A list of participating restaurants, cafes, bars and food trucks is available. We encourage you to make a reservation at participating restaurants so you don’t miss out. Please note that all public areas of White Night Ballarat are alcohol free.

WHAT KIND OF FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE NIGHT?

Signs indicating key amenities – including general information, first aid, lost children, toilets and drinking water – will be present on the night. Food stops with a variety of food vans are also identified on the map.

WHERE WILL THE FIRST AID STATIONS BE?

First aid stations will be located throughout the event precinct. Details are included on the map.

IS WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT LICENSED?

No. White Night Ballarat is an alcohol-free event. Alcohol is only permitted within licensed venues. Check back closer to the event date for information on venues with extended licences. It is an offence within the City of Ballarat to consume or carry opened alcohol in public areas.