FAQs

In 2019, White Night Reimagined will take place across three nights in Melbourne from 22-24 August. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

About the Night

WHAT IS WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED?

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 7th year, is one of the major events on Australia’s cultural calendar.

Due to the overwhelming success of previous White Night events, White Night Reimagined 2019 will be extended across three consecutive nights. The program will include art installations, projections, exhibitions and will feature large-scale live performance, along with new music and food offerings.

Extending the event across three nights allows you to design your own experience. Whether you come after work on the Thursday or Friday night, or make a night of it with your family or friends on the Saturday, you can choose which night suits you best. If you’re bold, attend all three nights!

For further information check out our About page.

WHERE WILL WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED BE HELD?

This year’s event will be held in three park and garden precincts – Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr. 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.

Our iconic cultural institutions will be open for extended hours with special programming, so once again you are invited to visit the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, Melbourne Museum and Arts Centre Melbourne late into the night. Culinary and music offerings will extend into Melbourne’s restaurants, bars and venues. We’re excited to share our program with you as it unfolds – follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for the latest updates and announcements.

IS WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED FREE?

Almost everything at White Night Reimagined is free, but a few venues may be hosting ticketed events; these are clearly indicated on their individual program listings, along with booking details.

WHY IS WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED TAKING PLACE IN WINTER?

White Night Reimagined has traditionally run for one night in the summer months with high attendance and critical acclaim. While White Night Reimagined has been hugely successful in February, the summer period is already extremely busy with events. Our winter months are traditionally quieter, providing a gap in our major events calendar.

The organisers undertook extensive research and worked with consumer focus groups to test a range of options around the timing and programming of White Night going forward. Based on this research, the decision was made to move White Night to winter across three nights. While we understand this won’t appeal to everyone, we’re really excited to give Melburnians and visitors a great reason to get out and explore the city during winter.

An extended winter season allows attendees to take their time discovering each precinct. The adventure is yours to design – venture to all three worlds on a single night or take an entire evening to discover one precinct. We believe the new format will give families the opportunity to enjoy the illuminations earlier and get home at a reasonable time, while spreading the crowd over three nights will ease crowd congestion and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

WHY IS WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED FINISHING EARLIER THAN PREVIOUS YEARS?

The event is finishing earlier than previous years to allow for its expansion across three nights. White Night Reimagined will run well into the evening, finishing at midnight on Thursday & Friday and continuing until 2am on Saturday. We know there are a small number of people who loved experiencing White Night in the wee small hours of the morning, and there will be some late-night music announcements that may appeal to those people. We’re thrilled to deliver another fantastic White Night event across times that suit most attendees. Rest assured that Melbourne’s late-night restaurants, bars and music venues will be open as usual, for those wanting to continue the party after our programming wraps up.

About the Program

WHERE CAN I READ THE PROGRAM?

The program is available on the website, with more exciting creative, culinary and music announcements coming soon. We’re excited to share our program with you as it unfolds – follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for the latest updates and announcements.

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

Arts Centre MelbourneMelbourne MuseumNational Gallery of Victoria (NGV International on St Kilda Road) and State Library Victoria will be offering programming throughout the event. ACMI is currently closed for redevelopment. Check out the program for more information.

WHO CREATED AND PRODUCES THE EVENT?

White Night Reimagined is a State Government of Victoria initiative that is owned and managed by Visit Victoria. It is produced and curated 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 Visit

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 FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages. You can also subscribe below to receive the latest information about White Night Reimagined in your inbox by submitting your email address at the bottom of the page.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT?

For updates throughout the night, follow White Night Reimagined on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Service hubs will also be located throughout the precinct, and White Night Reimagined team members will be happy to help you. A map including the service hubs will be published on the website on the website closer to the event.

WILL THE ROADS BE CLOSED BETWEEN THE PARKS AND GARDENS?

There will be some road closures during White Night Reimagined, however, unlike the previous White Night events a full city closure will not take place.

Please see the following maps for full details of road closures and tow away zones during the event period:

Like you would on any other night in the city, please take care while travelling between the Realms at Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED?

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. A map will be published on the website closer to the event for you to download or print.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER DURING THE EVENT?

The safety of our patrons, staff and artists is our primary concern, and this will inform and guide the delivery of the three nights of the event. Check the weather forecast and come prepared. Follow White Night on FacebookInstagram and Twitter and check the website for updates.

Getting to White Night Reimagined

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport is a great way to get to and from White Night Reimagined, but please keep in mind that demand can be high during peak times. PTV will be running trains, trams, NightRider buses and some SmartBuses during the event. Check the website closer to the event for more details.

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.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

You can visit the PTV website or call PTV on 1800 800 007.

WILL THE ROADS BE CLOSED BETWEEN THE PARKS AND GARDENS? 

There will be some road closures during White Night Reimagined, however, unlike the previous White Night events a full city closure will not take place.

Please see the following maps for full details of road closures and tow away zones during the event period:

Like you would on any other night in the city, please take care while travelling between the Realms at Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr.

Access & Amenities

WHO CAN I ASK FOR INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT AND HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO SPOT THEM?

There will be service hubs at Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr, and staff will be present and identifiable all night throughout the event precinct to assist with any queries. A map including the service hubs will be published on the website closer to the event.

IS THERE SEATING IN ALL AREAS?

While seating is available in participating indoor cafes, restaurants and venues, the availability of seating in Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr is limited to what already exists in those areas. White Night will not be providing additional seating so please come prepared to explore and enjoy the event on foot.

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

All three parks and gardens will have a selection of food trucks to keep you fed and watered during the event. A list of participating cafes and restaurants will be available on the website in the lead up to the event, and there are some exciting culinary announcements planned for July. We encourage you to make a reservation at restaurants within the city so you don’t miss out. Please note that all public areas of White Night Reimagined are alcohol free.

IS THE EVENT ACCESSIBLE?

White Night Reimagined is an accessible event. Visit the Accessibility page for more information.

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. A map including key amenities will be published on the website closer to the event.

WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES AVAILABLE?

Yes.  A map including public toilets will be published on the website closer to the event.

IS WHITE NIGHT REIMAGINED LICENSED?

No. White Night Reimagined 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.

About Regional White Night Events

ARE THE REGIONAL WHITE NIGHT EVENTS STILL TAKING PLACE IN BALLARAT, BENDIGO AND GEELONG?

White Night has been hugely successful in our historic regional centres, highlighting their amazing architecture, contemporary art scenes and gourmet food.

We’re excited that the White Night experience will continue in regional centres, with the hosting role shared – White Night will return to Ballarat on Saturday 21 September 2019, followed by Bendigo in 2020 and Geelong in 2021.

About the New 2020 Melbourne Winter Festival

WHAT IS THE NEW MELBOURNE WINTER FESTIVAL?

From winter 2020, Melbourne will host an ambitious new festival that will bring together the best of White Night Reimagined and Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Drawing on our strengths in staging world’s best major events, our creative talent, our live music culture and venues, and our exceptional culinary offering, the festival is set to redefine winter in Melbourne and become a new drawcard experience.