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.
In 2013 Melbourne embraced this unique opportunity – created by the State Government – to showcase its city and provide a platform for local, national and international artists to connect with audiences from Melbourne, Australia and around the world, for one night only.
The first White Night Melbourne was an instant success, with 300 000 people enjoying the all-night event. Annually since then, an average of 500 000 people have ventured into Melbourne’s CBD to witness the city come alive in what has become one of the key cultural events on the Australian calendar.
In 2017 Ballarat joined Melbourne, Paris, Toronto and Sao Paulo in the international network of colour, making history as the first regional Australian White Night. The night was unlike any seen before in the city, with tens of thousands of people filling Sturt and Lydiard Streets and surrounds. It went on to win recognition as Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event and Best Regional Event at the 2017 Australian Event Awards.
Meet Artistic Director David Atkins, OAM
David Atkins is a globally recognised live event and theatrical production director. His company – David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) – was awarded the contract to deliver White Night Melbourne and Ballarat in 2017. White Night will again work with David and his outstanding team in the delivery of the White Night Melbourne and Regional program for 2018.
DAE have been creating and delivering productions worldwide for more than 25 years, and have unparalleled expertise in large-scale arena events, installations, themed entertainment, and theatrical, televised and live productions – from Olympic ceremonies to Hot Shoe Shuffle.
Recognised in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the entertainment industry, David is one of Australia’s most awarded producer/director/choreographers. Most recently, David won Event Producer of the Year 2017 for his work on White Night.