White Night Melbourne 2018 Instagram guide

For 12 hours, Melbourne will light up with projections, music and art. But where will you nab the perfect Instagram pic?
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White Night is now six years old, and the massive all-night arts party isn't showing any sign of shrinking. This year's event (Saturday February 17, 7pm-7am) will feature live performance throughout the whole city and the large-scale projection and light works for which White Night is best known. But where will you find the perfect backdrop for a selfie, and where are the must-see and must-snap artworks? Phones at the ready: here's out hit list.

And remember, if there's not enough art on the streets of Melbourne and you want to take things at a slightly slower pace, some major exhibitions are open throughout the night. Arts Centre Melbourne's recently opened Australian Music Vault and the NGV Triennial are both open 7pm to 7am. Del Kathryn Barton: The Highway is a Disco and Louise Paramor: Palace of the Republic are open at the NGV's Ian Potter Centre until 11pm.

The Instagram hit list

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Liquid Sky sculpture at Federation Square
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Liquid Sky

Where: Federation Square

When: 7pm-7am

If you've seen video of this work when it was installed in Los Angeles, you'll probably agree with us that it's pretty close to actual magic. The 150-metre sculpture, made up of silver ribbon that shimmers as it waves in the wind, will soar over Federation Square all night. It's the work of LA-based artist Patrick Shearn.

 

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Phantasmagoria

Where: Carlton Gardens Central Boulevard

When: 7pm-7am

Melbourne artist Christopher Langton has created this menagerie of larger-than-life inflatable toys and cartoon animals standing guard in the gardens. They're absolutely adorable, but there may be a slightly more sinister side to the work. Or perhaps not – it's all in what you make of it.

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White Night Melbourne 2018 The Secret Life of Books photo credit: supplied
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The Secret Life of Books

Where: State Library Victoria

When: 7pm-7am

The State Library is always a key White Night location, and its beautiful La Trobe reading room is usually given a magnificent makeover for the event. This year is no exception, with projections inspired by the library's books taking over the space.

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Snow Lane White Night Melbourne 2018 photo credit: suppleid
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Snow Lane

Where: Little Bourke Street

When: 7pm-7am

It's been a hot summer, but Little Bourke Street will be getting a fair bit cooler with this winter wonderland designed by the White Night team. Expect snow machines, wintery installations and lighting. 'Snow Lane' is on Little Bourke, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets.

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Chandeliers White Night Melbourne 2018 photo credit: supplied
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Chandeliers

Where: Manchester Lane

When: 7pm-7am

Australian artist Debra Goldsmith has created six grand chandeliers to hang in Manchester Lane. But look a little closer and you'll discover that each has been crafted from discarded plastic bottles and wire.

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Altar to the Future

Where: St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston Street

When: 7pm-7am

If you need sanctuary from the crowds or a spiritual experience – or just an excuse to take a selfie in a church – pay a visit to the 'Altar to the Future'. The colourful, kaleidoscopic light work by Victoria University’s Skunk Control is open at St Paul's Cathedral all night.

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Le Bal des Luminéoles White Night Melbourne 2018 supplied photo
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Le Bal des Luminéoles

Where: Southgate

When: 7pm-7am

French artist Christophe Martine’s illuminated bird-like figures will be flying through the air at various locations up and down the Yarra River.

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Calling Occupants White Night Melbourne 2018 photo supplied
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Calling Occupants

Where: Alexandra Gardens

When: 7pm-7am

Have a Close Encounter with this eight-metre inflatable astronaut by Felipe Reynolds. The space trooper will appear to be emerging from the ground.

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La Terra Al Centro Dell’ Universo White Night Melbourne 2018 photo supplied
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La Terra Al Centro Dell’ Universo

Where: Alexandra Gardens

When: 7pm-7am

Take a journey through the galaxy with this large-scale work by Namaste Europa. Created using imaging from NASA, it represents all the planets in our solar system with massive illuminated spheres.

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Neon Dog Park White Night Melbourne 2018 photo supplied
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Neon Dog Park

Where: Queen Victoria Gardens

When: 7pm-7am

These Very Good Doggos will take over their own corner of Queen Victoria Gardens all night. Best of all, you're allowed to interact with these neon creations by Melbourne artist Carla O'Brien.

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