Melbourne is ready to light up the skies for 24 hours straight with White Night 2017 on Saturday 18 February, starting at 7pm and running throughout the night until 7am on Sunday.
Each year, the event draws crowds into the streets, laneways and gardens of the CBD and surrounding areas to experience installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events.
This year there is four key areas in the city which make up White Night 2017:
- ‘Flames and fantasy’ to the north in the Carlton Gardens
- ‘Precipitation & Enlightenment’ in the centre of the CBD
- ‘Swing Central’ from Collins Street through Fed Square and down to Birrarung Marr
- ‘Innocence Returned’ south of the river.
Our Recommendations for the ultimate White Night 2017:
To help you plan your journey here are some highlights we are looking forward to:
Kooza, Precipitation and Enlightenment Precinct, La Trobe Street
World renowned Cirque de Soleil is taking their show KOOZA to the streets and will be roving up and down La Trobe Street between Russell and Swanston streets, from 7 to 11pm.
Fingers of Light, Precipitation and Enlightenment Precinct, Melbourne Central Shot Tower
See Melbourne Central’s iconic conical glass atrium and historic brick shot tower light up with choreographed beams of light.
Firefly, Innocence Returned Precinct, Birrarung Marr – Lower Terrace
Dancing, drumming and florescent, this African troupe is a sight to behold and will have you dancing in no time. Performing from 10.40pm to 11.40pm.
White Night Survival Guide:
It is a big night, here are some tips to making it all the way through.
- The largest crowds are generally from 7pm to 12am and lighten up after midnight. Consider arriving later or booking in dinner first.
- If you are planning to take the train consider getting off at Melbourne Central and commencing your journey at the north end which includes stunning works at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum plaza and the Carlton Gardens.
- The projections will take full effect from around 9:00pm, and run all night through to 7:00am.
- Public transport will run all night (trams, trains and buses) and all city loop stations are open. Other options are bike valet parking and special deals with participating car parks.
- This year, the White Night Melbourne northern and southern precincts have expanded considerably. Consider commencing your journey in either the Carlton Gardens or Alexandra Gardens and the Queen Victoria Gardens before coming into the city.
- Extra road closures this year mean that while Swanston Street and Flinders Street may be particularly busy between 7pm and 11pm, Russell and Elizabeth Streets are expected to have lighter pedestrian foot traffic.
- This year there is a great online map that can assist with planning your journey.
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