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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 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. Don't worry though, there is still plenty to love about 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 the 'spiritual realm' and be home to a ten-metre long glowing lion puppet called 'The Guardian'. The gardens will also be transformed into the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. You can catch live performances throughout the festival.
Some of Melbourne's major arts and culture institutions will be staying open later, too, including Melbourne Museum, the State Library of Victoria and the NGV. They will all be offering their own special programs (and provide respite from the cold nights).
Food-wise, there are a bunch of specials happening across the weekend. You can score a fairy floss white Negroni or try 15 different toasties and matching Hot Toddies across the three nights.