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 success continued at the 2018 Australian Event Awards, winning Best Achievement in Entertainment and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event (Victoria).

In 2018, White Night made its debut in Bendigo and Geelong, where it transformed the cities with a night of art, music, performance and culture shining brightly under the cover of darkness. White Night Bendigo and Geelong won the National Award for Best Achievement in Entertainment, as well as recognition as the Best Cultural, Arts & Musical Event (Victoria) and Best Regional Event (Victoria) at the 2018 Australian Event Awards.

In August 2019, White Night Reimagined took the best of White Nights past and extended into a three-night winter spectacular across three of Melbourne’s inner-city parks and gardens. White Night also returned to Ballarat in September 2019, where local, interstate and international artists, musicians and performers weaved a spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity.

White Night will return to Bendigo on Saturday 10 October 2020, before being hosted by Geelong in 2021.