Returning for the 3rd time, White Night Ballarat will run from 7pm on Saturday 21 September until 2am the following day on Sunday 22 September 2019. Local, interstate and international artists, musicians and performers will transform the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity. Projections, and installations will have Ballarat's iconic buildings, cultural institutions, streets, laneways and public spaces taking on a different look as the city is reimagined. If you're planning on staying overnight in Ballarat, you may want to Discover Ballarat beforehand.
White Night Ballarat focuses on Lydiard Street (from Ballarat Station in the north to Dana Street in the south) and Sturt Street (between Armstrong and Grenville Streets). Almost everything is FREE on the night, however a few venues may be hosting ticketed events. There's so much on offer, you'll need to work out which events interest you the most as you may not be able to experience every single program item. Make sure you rug up for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for all that walking you'll be doing to experience everything you can. Bring water to keep you hydrated all night. See HERE for all FAQs.
With more than 70 projections, installations and performances, there are three international acts that were also part of White Night Melbourne this year. Local talent feature heavily with many of the artists and works either based in Ballarat or has a connection to Ballarat. With more than 60,000 flocking to the event last year, the same and more is expected this year. Iris by 3dsense will feature at the Ballarat Civic Hall auditorium at 300-304 Mair Street and it features a large-scale projection of a human iris magnified a thousand times. Water pool reflections and sound will create the illusion of an underground dimension.
The Guardian; protector of the Spiritual Realm will rove through the precinct. Imposingly it saunters through the night keeping its kingdom safe and maintaining order. Its 10metre long body will be brought to life by 7 talented puppeteers. Light, sound, smoke and puppetry combine to create a fantastical beast that shimmers with crystal-like shards that glow and change colour as it moves through and responds to its environment.
The Heliosphere will take flight once more, spiralling, spinning and seemingly weightless with one of the world's best aerial artists suspended beneath its illuminated sphere. It'll hover above as it moves to music which is both aerobatic and interactive, with the aerial dancer swooping down on the audience at any second.
Ballarat Live is where you'd want to be; the stage located on Lydiard Street South for those who want to experience a diverse lineup of live bands and performers throughout the night. The lineup is yet to be announced, so stay tuned for snippets of updates via the Facebook page. There's a FULL PROGRAM to choose from that includes -