Melbourne – White Night Reimagined 2019

White Night, an annual celebration of artistic flair that this year will span three nights and three distinct precincts – Birrarung Marr, Carlton Gardens and Treasury Gardens.

White Night Reimagined will showcase art across the city, transforming Birrarung Marr, Treasury Gardens and Carlton Gardens into themed precincts featuring live performances and art installations.

Mad Max: Fury Road in the forecourt of Melbourne Museum will be a must-see for many, bringing together live performance, film footage, projections and special effects from the famous Australian movie.

Cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Museum and State Library Victoria will also offer special programming and will be open for extended hours.

Program Highlights include:

– The projections and video mapping installations Melbourne has come to know and love will return in 2019, across iconic Melbourne buildings including the façades of the Old Treasury Building and the Department of Education.

– The façade of the NGV will once again feature a captivating projection, in partnership with Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Deadly Questions campaign. This work features the voices of Aboriginal Victorians and will showcase the artwork of award-winning artist and Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder, Marlene Gilson – Land Lost, Land Stolen, Treaty.

– Debuting for the first time in Australia, The Globe will bring circus, acrobatics, musicians, dance and more to Birrarung Marr in an imposing creative installation.

– The Giant Cocoon, created with over 1000 precisely positioned programmable lights, held together in a floating parabolic suspension of woven ropes. The interactive piece at Treasury Gardens encourages dwellers to wander inside, move freely and become one with the work.

– Melbourne’s Puppeteer Joe Blanck is creating a new work in 2019, The Guardian of the Spiritual Realm, an impressive 5m high x 10m wide, nose to tail, puppet that will roam Carlton Gardens.

– One of Australia’s most iconic stories will come to life at the Royal Exhibition Building, with projection mapping, music, and live performance, with the full details to be revealed closer to the event.

There’s never a better time to experience Melbourne’s iconic after dark culture, with many of the city’s iconic cultural institutions opening to the public throughout the night. Special programming and exclusive installations will run throughout the National Gallery of Victoria, State Library Victoria, and Melbourne Museum. The Arts Centre’s biannual Supersense festival will this year run as part of the White Night Reimagined program, with a collaborative experience – Superdrone – running on the Saturday night.


What are the dates for White Night in 2019?

This year, White Night Reimagined will take place in Melbourne across three nights:
* Thursday 22nd August, 7pm – 12am
* Friday 23rd August, 7pm – 12am
* Saturday 24th August, 7pm – 2am

Why is White Night Reimagined taking place in winter?

Melbourne and creative experiences go hand-in-hand in winter, with White Night Reimagined Artistic Director, David Atkins OAM, working tirelessly to create a three-night program of critical acclaim.

An extended program of three nights, and the earlier setting sun, allows families, groups of friends and tourists to take their time discovering the three distinct precincts.

The adventure will be for the individual to design – venture to all three worlds on a single night or take an entire evening to discover one precinct.

The new White Night Reimagined format gives families the opportunity to enjoy the event earlier, while spreading the crowd over three nights will ease congestion and make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.

How is White Night Reimagined different from previous years?

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

Will there be public transport access for White Night Reimagined?

Yes! Public transport such as trains, trams and buses will be available, with extra services to help people get around on the night and get home safely.


(Visit Victoria)