Frequently Asked Questions

White Night Melbourne is on Saturday 17 Februrary 2018, running non-stop from 7pm until 7am, 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 MELBOURNE?

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, which began in Paris, White Night now takes place in dozens of cities worldwide. White Night Melbourne joined the list in 2013 and now, in its 6th year, is one of the major events on Australia’s cultural calendar.

A one night only, all-night celebration of culture and creativity. The 12-hour event includes exhibitions, street performances, illuminations, installations, film screenings, music, dance and interactive events throughout the CBD and city cultural precinct, and provides a rare opportunity to experience the city reimagined.

WHERE WILL WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE BE HELD, EXACTLY?

White Night Melbourne takes over city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne’s CBD, from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road right through to the Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens.

IS WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE FREE?

Almost everything at White Night Melbourne 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

WHICH MAJOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square) and the State Library of Victoria will be offering special programming over the entire 12 hours.

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

The majority of the White Night Melbourne 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?

Selected highlights of the program are currently available. The full program will be announced in early 2018. A detailed program map will be available closer to the event.

WHEN WILL THE PROJECTIONS AND LIGHTING DISPLAYS START AND END?

White Night Melbourne runs from 7pm to 7am; however, the projections and lighting works are best viewed after darkness falls (around 9pm) and before the sun rises on Sunday morning.

WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE THE ENTIRE WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE PROGRAM IF I STAY FOR THE FULL 12 HOURS?

The 2018 program has more than 100 free cultural events and activities, in just 12 hours, 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 Melbourne is yours to create for yourself – no two people will have the same experience!

WHO CREATED AND PRODUCES THE EVENT?

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

Planning Your White Night

WHERE 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. You can also subscribe to receive the latest information about White Night Melbourne in your inbox by submitting your email address in the field found in near the footer of the page.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT?

For updates throughout the night follow White Night Melbourne on Twitter or Facebook. Information Points will also be located throughout the precinct, and White Night Melbourne team members will be happy to help you. Details on the location of the event Information Points will be available closer to the event.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

That’s up to 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. Or you might prefer to begin after midnight, or even make an early, early morning of it.

There are incredible events taking place throughout the full 12 hours. But remember, White Night Melbourne is a huge and popular event, attracting crowds larger than New Year’s Eve. In previous years, the biggest crowds have been experienced between about 9pm and 11.30pm, so you may want to tailor your experience with this in mind.

The beauty of White Night Melbourne, however, is that it spans the city, and the night. So 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.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

We recommend bringing a water bottle, a charged phone, comfortable shoes and a smile. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. You can also download or print the map, available closer to the event date.

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

Come rain, hail or shine it’s happening on Saturday 17 February 2018 from 7pm to 7am – so come prepared! White Night Melbourne 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 Melbourne, but please keep in mind that demand can be high during peak times. PTV will be running trains, trams, NightRider buses and some SmartBuses all night. Detailed timetable information will be available closer to the event.

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. See Public Transport & Parking for more information.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

You can visit the PTV website at ptv.vic.gov.au or call PTV on 1800 800 007.

DRIVING

If you plan to drive, be aware that there will be several roads closed in and around the CBD, and limited parking will be available. Details will be available closer to the event.

There will be Transport Hubs located close to the event precinct, which will centralise bus and taxi services and offer accessible drop-off points. Details will be available closer to the event.

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 CBD and staff will be present and identifiable all night throughout the event precinct to assist with any queries. The Information Points will be marked on the map, which will be available closer to the event date.

IS THERE SEATING IN ALL AREAS?

Seating is available in participating indoor venues, cafes, bars and restaurants. Existing public seating is available on the street, with some extra seating provided in key food-stop and rest areas.

WHICH CAFES, BARS, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD VENUES WILL BE OPEN FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT?

A list of participating cafes, bars, restaurants, food courts and food trucks will be made available closer to the event. We encourage you to make a reservation at restaurants within the event precinct so you don’t miss out. Please note that all public areas of White Night Melbourne 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 and food courts will be noted on the map, which will be available closer to the event date.

WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES AVAILABLE?

Yes. These will be indicated on the map, which you can download and print or pick up from selected venues around the city closer to the event date.

WHERE WILL THE FIRST AID STATION BE?

First aid stations will be located throughout the event precinct. These will be indicated on the map, which will be available closer to the event date.

IS WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE LICENSED?

No. White Night Melbourne 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 Melbourne to consume or carry opened alcohol in public areas.