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. 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 full program is now available on the website. 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 the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square) 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.

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 to be held from 20 August to 6 September 2020. If you have an enquiry relating to the new event, please email [email protected] and your enquiry will be responded to by one of the team at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.