History

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 in 2013 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 White Nights, making history as the first regional Australian White Night. White Night Melbourne and Ballarat went on to win the awards for Best Community Event (Victoria) and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event (Victoria) at the 2017 Australian Event Awards.

This year White Night makes its debut in Bendigo and Geelong, where it will transform the cities with a night of art, music, performance and culture shining brightly under the cover of darkness.

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 international theatre events.

Recognised in the 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 Melbourne and Ballarat.