White Night, your annual late-night-early-morning pilgrimage to the city to see music, art and bright lights is back this August with acrobatics, lightshows and interactive art. And it’s now known as White Night Reimagined.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley confirmed a few details this morning. As the name suggests, things are a little different this year. As previously reported, White Night will no longer be a single all-nighter, and will instead be split across three (moderately) late nights. It’ll run from 7pm to midnight on Thursday and Friday, and until 2am on Saturday. And it’s based in the city’s parks rather than all over the CBD.
The bulk of the program will take place across three sites: Birrarung Marr, known as the Physical Realm, will host the Australian premiere of circus-infused show Globe from Amsterdam-based street-theatre group Close Act. It’ll feature more than 40 acrobats, aerial performers, singers and actors inside a giant globe.
Over at Treasury Gardens, or the Sensory Realm, all five senses will be stimulated by installations and projections from local and international artists.
And the world-heritage site that is the Carlton Gardens will host the Spiritual Realm, its majestic old trees lighting up to tell Indigenous stories. The park will be dominated by a 10-metre-long lion puppet named The Guardian, created by Melbourne artist Joe Blanck, roving the space.
It’s a tidy half-hour walk between the three main venues, and along the way there will be more installations and performances at the NGV, the State Library of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Museum. We’ll bring you more details on the artworks there in the coming days.
White Night Reimagined will run from August 22 to 24.