About White Night Reimagined
For the first time since its inception in 2013, the iconic Melbourne event that transforms our city has undergone a transformation of its own. In 2019, we introduce you to White Night Reimagined.
White Night Reimagined takes the best of White Nights past and extends it into a three-night winter spectacular across three of Melbourne’s inner-city parks and gardens.
Birrarung Marr will transform into the Physical Realm where you will witness fantastic feats of grace and dexterity with works celebrating the art of performance. Engage your senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch in the Treasury Garden’s Sensory Realm, and at Carlton Gardens, feed your soul and imagination with mysterious creatures and spiritual experiences as you immerse yourself into the Spiritual Realm. Large-scale performances and art installations along with enticing new culinary and music offerings will create a feast for all the senses.
Our iconic cultural institutions will once again open for extended hours with special programming, so you are invited to visit the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, Melbourne Museum or Arts Centre Melbourne during these extended hours. Culinary and music offerings will extend into Melbourne’s restaurants, bars and venues. An extended winter season allows attendees to design their own adventure – venture to all three realms on a single night or take an entire evening to discover one realm. Your adventure awaits!
White Night (Nuit Blanche) was originally staged in Paris in 2002 as an all-night festival celebrating the French capital’s contemporary art scene. In 2013, Melbourne became the first Australian city to hold a White Night festival, embracing this unique opportunity – created by the State Government – to showcase local, national and international artistic innovation. It 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 the CBD for one night only to witness the city re-imagined in what has become a key cultural event on the Australian calendar. In 2018, a record 628 000 people attended the event.
Re-ignited in 2017 under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM, White Night Melbourne welcomes audiences from across the city, state, nation and globe to see art take over the city’s buildings, streets, parks and laneways, every one a stage, every one a canvas, every one alight, alive and shining more brightly under the cover of darkness.
In recognition of the event’s significance and success, White Night Melbourne 2018 won Best Entertainment Achievement and was the state winner of the Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event at the Australian Event Awards.
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. David and his outstanding team delivered White Night events in four locations in 2018 (Melbourne, Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong) and will deliver White Night Reimagined and White Night Ballarat for 2019.
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 theatre, film and television.
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 at the Australian Event Awards for both 2017 and 2018 for his work on White Night.