Expressions of Interest for both Melbourne & Ballarat in the categories of Installation, Visual Art, Lighting, AV, Projection, Film, Music and Performance have now closed.

If you are a Business, Venue, Busker, or Restaurant and you would like to participate in White Night 2018, please register your contact details to be considered.

Alternatively, if you are a Business, Restaurant or Resident and you would like to find out how you will be affected by White Night 2018, please register your contact details to receive up to date information.

Stay tuned for the announcement and the unveiling of the White Night Melbourne & White Night Ballarat program in December.

We look forward to seeing you at White Night 2018!


Please note:

If you represent a food and/or beverage outlet and wish to extend the hours that liquor may be supplied under their liquor licence, then applicants must apply through the usual process to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for a temporary limited licence.

If you are a busker wanting to be considered to perform at White Night – you must hold a valid local council or authority busking permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is White Night?

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, which began in Paris, White Night now takes place in dozens of cities worldwide. White Night Melbourne joined the list in 2013 and now is one of the major events on Australia’s cultural calendar. White Night Ballarat was held in 2017 and will be presented again in 2018.


When is White Night?

White Night Melbourne will run from 7pm on Saturday 17 February until 7am on Sunday 18 February.

White Night Ballarat will be held from 7pm on Saturday 17 March until 2am on Sunday 18 March.


Where will White Night Melbourne be held, exactly?

White Night Melbourne takes over city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne’s CBD, from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road right through to the Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens.

White Night Ballarat is centered around the heart of the city and main streets.


Is White Night free?

Almost everything at White Night is free, but a few venues may be hosting ticketed events; these will be identified on their individual program listings, along with booking details.


Are all elements of the program suitable for a general audience?

The majority of the White Night program is suitable for all ages. Any venues or works with an age restriction due to program content will be identified on individual program listings.


Is there an official program guide?

An extensive digital version will be available on the website. Look out for the Program announcement and launch in December.


When will the projections and lighting displays start and end?

White Night starts at 7pm, however the projections and lighting works are best viewed after darkness falls (around 9pm).


Who created and produces the event?

White Night is a State Government of Victoria initiative that is owned and managed by Visit Victoria. It is produced by David Atkins Enterprises, with David Atkins taking the role as Artistic Director for the 2018 events.


Where can I find information before the event?

The best place to find accurate and up-to-date information is here on the White Night website and on the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Where can I find information during the event?

For updates throughout the night follow White Night on Twitter or Facebook. Information Points will also be located throughout the precinct, and White Night team members will be on hand during the event to help you.


When is the best time to visit White Night?

That’s up to you! Arrive whenever you want, stay as long as you like and enjoy everything that’s on offer at your own pace. You could start with dinner at a local restaurant, then continue through the evening. Or you might prefer to begin after midnight, or even make an early, early morning of it.

Remember, White Night is a huge and popular event, with the biggest crowds experienced between about 9pm and 11.30pm, so you may want to tailor your experience with this in mind.


What should I bring to White Night?

We recommend bringing a water bottle, a charged phone, comfortable shoes and a smile. Don't forget to check the weather and prepare accordingly. You can also download or print the map, available closer to the event date.


Will public transport be free?

Public transport will not be free during White Night, so you will still need to top up and use your myki. For more information see, ptv.vic.gov.au/myki.


Where can I get more information about public transport closer to the event?

You can visit the PTV website at ptv.vic.gov.au

If you plan to drive, be aware that there will be several roads closed in and around the CBD, beginning from 3pm on Saturday 17 February. Limited parking will be available, details will be available on the website closer to the event.


Is White Night licensed?

No. White Night Melbourne is an alcohol-free event. Alcohol is only permitted within licensed venues. It is an offence within the City of Melbourne to consume or carry opened alcohol in public areas. If you represent a food and/or beverage outlet and wish to extend the hours that liquor may be supplied under their liquor licence, then applicants must apply through the usual process to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) for a temporary limited licence.


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For further enquiries please email: info@DAEwhitenight.com