Looks like Ballarat is joining the ranks of art and entertainment on a large scale, in a big way, with the launch of White Night Ballarat 2017 on Saturday the 4th of March from 7pm till 7am the next day.
The first regional White Night, following in the footsteps of 4 successful White Night Melbourne (2013 to 2016) events, it joins the internationally renowned phenomenon of Nuit Blanche, where cities around the world transform into all-night galleries. History is about to be made in Ballarat!
Ballarat's stunning Victorian architecture and its golden history will be making an impact on the night with its vivid and impressive canvas. Taking place in the heart of Ballarat, it'll be beating and pumping with installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events.
Pitcha Makin Fellas will be there with a collection of 24 powerful portraits celebrating Indigenous faces of Ballarat. The series of black-on-black portraits of real black faces on a large scale, recognises local people who are often unseen and unacknowledged for their contributions to country and society.
Pitcha Makin Fellas paintings, cut outs and stamps will also be transposed by The Electric Canvas onto the former Bank of NSW building, resulting in a powerful narrative about the Aboriginal people.
Watch out for an abstract cabinet of curiosities in Crate Expectations, as this robotic sculpture rolls through the streets, drawing you from the dark night into its warm dreamlike glow.
In an era of 'selfies', Fibre Lane should delight, with it's optical fibres embracing and enveloping you in an ever shifting play of light and colour as you walk or dance through it. Hold it, play with it, catch your favourite hue, and 'SNAP'!
With emotionally moving projections like Do Not Go Gentle which will have you reflecting on your own time on this earth, and on a lighter note, Neon Angel Wings, where you can selfie yourself 'wearing' four-metre wide seraphic neon wings to be a luminary fairy, there's a lot happening in Ballarat on the night.
If you're looking to go down in history as a party animal, why not check out White Night Melbourne as well, as a precursor, a taste of things to come. Attend both, enjoy both or draw a comparative between the regional and the big smoke. Every which way you look, it's party time!