About White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne 2016 will take place from 7pm Saturday 20 February to 7am Sunday 21 February.

White Night Melbourne is Australia’s most celebrated cultural event. Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, White Night Melbourne is an all-night, free cultural event with visual art, illuminations, music, food, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performances on display. The event runs from 7pm to 7am, and is held within the centre of Melbourne, with activities in city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions.

White Night Melbourne is a unique event as it runs over a full 12 hour period, allowing you to choose an arrival time that suits you. In previous years, peak attendance periods have been experienced between 9pm when the projections are visible, through to approximately 11.30pm, with generally smaller crowds after midnight.

Previous attendees have created their own experience – arriving later to enjoy the programme at a less crowded time, or by booking dinner at a city restaurant before heading out to the event afterward.

White Night Melbourne is a State Government of Victoria initiative created by the Victorian Major Events Company, and produced by White Night Melbourne Productions. The original concept for White Night (Nuit Blanche) was conceived in Paris in 2002, in a bid to make art and culture accessible to large audiences within public spaces. Paris’ Nuit Blanche has inspired an international network of White Night events in over 20 cities globally, with each city moulding the event to reflect its unique passions and characteristics.

The first event of its kind in Australia, White Night Melbourne joined the ranks of these global cities on Saturday 23 February 2013. White Night Melbourne returned for its second year on Saturday 22 February 2014, increasing in popularity and quickly becoming Australia’s most celebrated major cultural event. A hallmark addition to Victoria’s Major Events Strategy, White Night Melbourne returned for a third year on Saturday 20 February 2015.

As Australia’s international city of artistic innovation, Melbourne embraced this unique opportunity to showcase local and international artists and provide a platform for their work.