History

As an international city of artistic innovation, Melbourne was a perfect match to join the international network of White Night events around the world. In just six years, White Night Melbourne has quickly become one of the most popular events on the city's social calendar.

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 each February to witness the city re-imagined in what has become a key cultural event on the Australian calendar.

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, the 2017 White Night Melbourne was named Best Community Event at the 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 over 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.