Time Out says
Melbourne's annual after dark festival of light, art and music has moved to winter
Since 2013 White Night has been lighting up the streets of Melbourne for a 12-hour art party, featuring spectacular projection art, mind-bending installations and unexpected experiences. In 2019 the festival changed to White Night Reimagined, a pared-down but stretched-out version of the arts, music and light festival.
Here's how the new White Night works. The festival will no longer run from 7pm to 7am over a single night. Instead, it will take place over three finger-numbingly cold winter nights from Thursday, August 22 to Saturday, August 24. Events will start from 7pm every evening and finish at midnight on Thursday and Friday, and at 2am on Saturday. So if you're expecting the same surreal all-nighter of previous years where everyone from students to parents with prams and little old ladies with dogs could be seen gallivanting through the CBD at 4am, we're sorry to say that that particular version of White Night is dead.
Having said that, there is still plenty to love at White Night 2.0. There are three main festival precincts this year: Treasury Gardens, Carlton Gardens and Birrarung Marr. Each also has a distinct theme.
Birrarung Marr will be home to the ‘physical realm' and host a range of appropriately high energy works and performance like Globe (a performance by Amsterdam street theatre company Close Act).
Treasury Gardens will be transformed into the 'sensory realm' where you can explore artworks and installations that engage all your senses. Finally, Carlton Gardens will be he 'spiritual realm' and be home to a ten-metre long glowing lion puppet called 'The Guardian'.
Some of Melbourne's major arts and culture institutions will be staying open later too and offering their own special programs (they'll also provide respite from the cold nights). A dining and music program will also be released closer to the event date.
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