The one thing you have to love about Melbourne is that it's a city that never sleeps. There's always something happening, and White Night Melbourne 2018 on Saturday 17 February 2018, (7pm Sat 17 Feb to 7am Sun 18 Feb) is one of those huge events that keeps on giving on the streets, in laneways and parks of the city. Colourful projections and awe-inspiring installations will dazzle you; interactive performances, puppetry and musical hubs will enchant you. There's something for everyone to see in the nooks and crannies of this city.
Plan your night well with essential information at your fingertips to give you the best experience, in regard to public transport, parking and accommodation and tips for avoiding crowds. If you're here for the long haul and staying in town to rock out, why not take the opportunity to explore a city that keeps you guessing. From a plethora of eateries, thriving shopping precincts to concerts and theatre, galleries, parks, gardens, historic architecture and more, Melbourne has it all, so get out there and discover it.
There are six pages of White Night program of events to cover on the night; from 100 free events and 12 continuous hours of art installations, exhibitions, films, music and performance and more. This is a nonstop adventure from Dusk to Dawn, hopefully without the vampires.
Catch David Campbell in Dream Lover - The Bobby Darin Musical at the State Theatre while you're in town, or visit the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) Triennial featuring over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, and it's all free. Also free, don't forget to pop in and visit Ron Mueck's 100 hand-finished gigantic skulls on level 2, and the huge 14 metre long Buddha with Roman Soldiers surrounding it by China-born Xu Zhen. I can tell you first hand, it's all amazing.
You might feel a little chill as you walk past Little Bourke Street off Swanston street, as the street has been transformed. Snow machines, special effects lighting and snow crystal performers will be working their magic. Another magical moment (who are you kidding; the whole night is going to be magical) can be had with Liquid Sky, which is appearing for the first time in Australia, specifically designed for and perched above Federation Square. It's a 14,000 sq ft (150 metre) holographic Skynet suspended to harness the wind and dance dramatically as if hanging in midair like the graceful murmuration of birds flocking together.
Get on to that program and start mapping the events you'd most like to see (as there's no way you're going to cover all 100 events over 12 hours), and stay in touch with the conversation and updates via the Facebook Event Page, or Facebook page and Website. Sign up for the newsletter and you'll never miss the latest updates. If you're still hankering for more, or if White Night Melbourne has titillated your appetite; wait a month and you can head down to Ballarat for its White Night on the 17th of March.