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To help you navigate the many opportunities on offer, White Night Melbourne’s Artistic Director Andrew Walsh and his team have put together a selection of curated White Night trails designed around locations and themes.

If you’re interested in seeing the major illuminations, planning a family friendly evening, interacting with art, discovering contemporary indigenous stories, tracking down strange creatures or simply absorbing the pure entertainment of music and dance, a trail can form the basis of your night’s plan.

Remember, the numbers on the trails refer to the numbers on the event map, so don’t forget to download a copy of the map too before you head out on your urban adventure!

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The Greatest Shows On Earth

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A treat for the whole family, The Big Top precinct (Carlton Gardens including the Royal Exhibition Building and Melbourne Museum) is a great place to bring the family for an all-encompassing adventure.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Visit Melbourne Museum’s Wominjeka: Blak Night featuring the award-winning First People’s exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre alongside music and projections in the beautiful outdoor Milarri Garden.

Marvel at the gravity-defying acrobatics and aerial work at the nearby Circus Circus, presented by VicHealth, or try your hand at juggling or hula hooping with the interactive Circus Playground.

Grab a bite to eat from the many food stalls and then once the sun has set, get ready for an astonishing transformation of the Royal Exhibition Building designed by Portuguese lighting and projection artists OCUBO in an international collaboration with Ballarat’s Picture Makin’ Fellas.

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Aurora Borealis

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Building-mapping, lighting and projections are the main attractions at White Night events across the globe and Melbourne proudly delivers illuminations from among the world’s best.

Aurora Borealis – the fancy name for Northern Lights – is a hit list of the best and brightest, illuminations on display in the northern precincts of the White Night footprint.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Start at the top of the town with OCUBO and Pitcha Makin Fellas’ transformation of the Royal Exhibition Building

Then head south to Craig Walsh’s Incubator at the Melbourne City Baths

Keep your eyes open for the mathematical magic of the Fibonacci Rings and the burlesque fashion of Kaleidodreams

The State Library lights up with Landscaping Architecture in the forecourt and Ideation in the LaTrobe Reading Room as well as a monumental slide show of iconic Australian Rennie Ellis’ photography in Decade and Decadent

Cross Swanston and head to Lt Lonsdale for The Universe Within

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Aurora Australis

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Building-mapping, lighting and projections are the main attractions at White Night events across the globe and Melbourne proudly delivers illuminations from among the world’s best.

Aurora Australis – the fancy name for Southern Lights – is a hit list of the best and brightest, illuminations on display in the central and southern precincts of the White Night footprint.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Start your trail from the south at the National Gallery of Victoria with Still Here, Josh Muir’s story of Aboriginal people in Victoria projected on the St Kilda Road façade

Then make your way over Princes Bridge to Federation Square for Reko Rennie’s phenomenal transformation of Melbourne’s favourite meeting place in Federation2

Venture into the CBD for some illuminating monkey business including Gorilla at the Window, Moving Mountains and the contemplative Place of Longing in Rainbow Alley

And while you’re in the area, look out for the innovative and intimate creations of Collaging Realities and Penumbra

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Inter-activities

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White Night Melbourne is more than pretty (amazing) lights.

We’ve also programmed an array of interactive elements where you become part of the art.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Start at Queen Victoria Gardens and venture into the Underworld with Black Mirror, a gestural augmented reality projection artwork; and immerse yourself in the light sculpture, Seven Spires

Over St Kilda Road the mother of all interactive projects takes place at Arts Centre Melbourne where the audience unlocks the mysteries of the Spire through Cmd. Ctrl. Decipher

Head under the Princes Bridge for the ghoulish Electroplasm

And over the Yarra to Birrarung Marr for Painting with Light

Indoors at ACMI you can try out the latest in virtual reality gear at the VR Revolution

And if you’re looking for more intimate one-on-one action, then hop up to City Square and shake your avatar booty as one of the VCA’s Urban Creatures or drop into the Collins Street Baptist Church for the unusual anamorphics of Collaging Realities

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White Night Safari

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It’s been said before that cultural events often take on a life of their own once the curtain opens or the lights are switched on. Deciding whether to tame the beast or let it run wild is an artistic balancing act. White Night Melbourne contains its fair share of creative creatures and this trail is for animal lovers and game hunters alike.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Start your White Night Safari with Incubator at Melbourne City Baths where Craig Walsh has created an aquatic breeding ground of luminescent life forms.

Head south to Melbourne Town Hall where artist Lisa Roet goes simian with her larger than life Golden Monkey

Then drop by City Square where you can take charge of VCA Animators’ Urban Creatures.

At St Paul’s Cathedral the simian theme continues with Gorillas at the Window

And across at ACMI it’s felines and film with the Walker Art Center Cat Video Festival

Avid hunters can also track down the elusive Les Meduses, a colourful array of giant jellyfish floating throughout the city

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Dreamtime

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At the core of many cultural events lies the art of storytelling and it’s inevitable – and essential – that Melbourne’s story begins with the Kulin Nation. While the Dreamtime Trail spans millennia, it’s powerful insights and inspiring stories exist in the creative minds and modern lives of many contemporary indigenous artists.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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The story starts at the Melbourne Museum with The First People’s exhibition at the centre of the Womenjika: Blak Night program.

Across the plaza, Ballarat mob the Pitcha Makin Fellas, in a collaboration with Portuguese lighting and projection artists OCUBO, turn aboriginal art on its head with their humorous re-interpretation of traditional storytelling

At the other end of town, Indigenous artist Reko Rennie illuminates Melbourne’s favourite meeting place for Federation2

And while you’re there, drop into ACMI for screenings of Tracey Moffatt’s short film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy and the satirical mockumentary on race relations, Babakiueria.

The Ian Potter Centre offers yet another angle on Indigenous culture with an exhibition and activities celebrating Alice Spring’ Hermannsburg Potters.

Cross the bridge to NGV International where young Indigenous artist Josh Muir’s work Still Here adorns the gallery façade, complete with animation from Ample Projects and a soundtrack by Emma Donovan and James Henry.

Indigenous voices permeate the program above and beyond art and illuminations – check the music stages for artists including Thelma Plum, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, and hip hop powerhouse, Briggs.

 

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Words And Music

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Voices and instruments abound at White Night Melbourne with a music bowl of classics, four stages of blues, grooves, dance and pop, two busker pitches, a cathedral of concerts, a poet’s corner and roving drummers delivering over 100 hours of live entertainment from more than 220 performers.

Check out the line-ups below and tailor your own all night mini music festival.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Go loud and proud at Live on Lonsdale

Chill with the cool kids at Grooves on Bourke

Discover the world of beat poetry at Melbourne Speaks Poetry

Relax in St Paul’s Cathedral with a trio of sumptuous performances

Dance the night away at Birrarung Marr with Trip the Light Fantastic

Get down, and back up again with the Blues Speak Easy

Check out the best of street performers at the Buskers Pitch

Pull up a patch of green at the Myer Music Bowl for a free performance from the MSO

Or hit the rhythm of the streets with roving musos pounding the pavement

Each numbered marker on the trail refers to an program item on the precinct map, which you can also download here.

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Off The Ground

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Spend your White Night in the south where the entertaining program encourages participation and interactive opportunities for the whole family.

Remember, each numbered marker on the trail refers to a program item on the precinct map, which you can download here.

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Start your night in Alexandra Gardens where the team from BIG hART are hosting Skate White Night All Night.

Or set yourself up on the river bank – the perfect viewing platform for Aqua Vitae

Then wander through Queen Victoria Gardens where you’ll find Ta Gon Kin’s beautifully luminescent The Dresses

Or enjoy live entertainment on The Speakeasy Blues Stage

You can also venture into the Underworld with Black Mirror, a gestural augmented reality projection artwork; or immerse yourself in the light sculpture, Seven Spires

Over St Kilda Road the mother of all interactive projects takes place at Arts Centre Melbourne where the audience unlocks the mysteries of the Spire through Cmd. Ctrl. Decipher

And the National Gallery of Victoria is lit up with Still Here, Josh Muir’s story of Aboriginal people in Victoria projected on the St Kilda Road façade