The second edition of White Night Melbourne returns on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February in 2014 with Melbourne's city streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural establishments filled with an abundance of free and ticketed cultural events for people from all walks of life.
From dusk till dawn, Melburnites will gather in various venues across the city centre in order to go on a cultural journey consisting of exhibitions, street performances, fashion, film screenings, concerts and lots more. It really is a feast for all senses with art, design, music, fashion, sport, film and performances.
The following pages give you a quick snapshot of what's going on over the 12 big hours, but make sure you check out their full program via the White Night Melbourne website. It may seem quite overwhelming at first with so much going on, but you can save your favourite events by creating an account and plan you night this way.
What's also great about creating an account is that you'll receive the latest news about new events and programs that have been added. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Art & Design
There are heaps of visual arts for everyone to indulge. Get ready to be fascinated and amazed by what you see.
Head to Arts Centre Melbourne and take a look at the newly refurbished Hamer Hall to hear Rachmaninoff Live; the RMIT Gallery to see representations of popular music in the last four decades; and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for tours, talks, music and films.
Be on the lookout for more than 30 models wearing the same dress as part of A Vogue Idea; an artificial eclipse in one of Melbourne's laneways and see if you can catch the moment of total eclipse; installations of steel sculptures and spheres that are lit up in Melbourne parks and pathways; and images of tattooed Melburnians celebrating Melbourne's skin art at the NGV.
As you navigate the city, see if you can spot some FashGif - animated images of international and local runway collections, often humorous; and snag your tickets for James Bond extravaganza at Melbourne Museum. Expect Bond gadgets, vehicles, technology and fashion.
Tear up the dance floor with your funky moves at Federation Square; Bourke Street Mall will have a bluesy vibe with a big outdoor stage featuring jazz and blues guaranteed to delight the crowds; and chill by the Northern Lights Music Stage for all sorts of musical entertainment throughout the night showcasing talented bands and musicians.
Catch Taxi, directed by Susie Dee, and hop in the back to watch a short film on true stories of real taxi drivers; pop by the St Paul's Cathedral for En Masse which is an event combining concert, film and installation; and witness artist Anthony Ziella's compilation of some of the most influential speeches captured on film.
The ACMI will be taking you on a captivating journey of cinematic history focussing on genres such as crime, sci-fi and western at Title: Sequence in addition to providing audiences a ViewMaster experience. Get ready to immerse yourself in a unique big screen event.
Lucky Dip is a big bag of carnivalesque extravaganza with theatrical madness suitable for all ages. So pop by Swanston Street for a nice surprise of fascinating and engaging performers.
Witness a budding writer write a book in one single night. Sounds boring? Well it's quite the opposite actually. Come and feed plots, suggest characters, share your creative ideas and keep the 12 writers awake while they write 12 chapters over 12 hours. And don't forget to download their ebook the very next day!
Lighting designer Paul Collison has created a lighting spectacular that everyone should experience. Watch in awe as a beam of light shoots up into the night sky.
Be fascinated by the transformations of the city streets with installations and lighting effects which will definitely be a visual blowout; relax at the Lightlounge with heaps of light projections creating a peaceful atmosphere; take a stroll on the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge full of all things sparkling and flickering; and don't miss Wonderland projections on Flinders Street.