White Night Melbourne

Just when you thought another festival couldn’t possibly fit into the throng of summer entertainment options, another one is on its way.

A night of dusk-til-dawn celebrations of music, art, dining, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance – and the kitchen sink – will kick-off from 7pm to 7am on the night of Saturday 23 February 2013 in what is the country and city’s first White Night Melbourne.

A first of its kind, the celebration will see the likes of Flinders Street station transformed into a musical amphitheatre hosting free concerts under the cover of darkness.

Celebrations will also transform many of the city’s streets into pedestrian thoroughfares of entertainment and enjoyment according to the plan revealed by the State Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu and Creative Director Andrew Walsh recently.

Thanks to the event, Melbourne will join the ranks of 23 global cities – from Paris to Buenos Aires, Tel-Aviv to Toronto – in hosting similar all-night events as part of Nuit Blanche.

The layered program would feature more than 100 local and international artists, activities and acts across 35 sites throughout the city centre.

“From torchlight tours at Melbourne Museum and an illuminated sculpture park at Birrarung Marr for families, to an exhibition of curated artworks held in an underground car park, there will be something for everyone,” Mr Walsh said.

For the first time, many of Melbourne’s world-renowned cultural institutions – including Arts Centre Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Moving Image, the State Library and the Melbourne Museum – will simultaneously open late into the night, boasting special programming, exhibitions and performances.

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Some free program highlights:

• giant glowing spheres floating on the Yarra River projecting images of love in Melbourne;

• stages set upon rolling tram cars on St Kilda Road featuring circus and musical snapshots;

• an inflatable cinema screen on Birrarung Marr;

• a Melbourne Conversations series hosted by John Safran featuring discussions around literature

and philosophy; and

• a giant outdoor dance event in Federation Square featuring hundreds of mirror balls and 12 different

dance styles.

See more at the White Night Melbourne Facebook page: www.facebook.com/whitenightmelbourne or website:www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au

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