White Night is back to light up, Shepparton, Bendigo and Geelong in 2022. These three unique cities will be illuminated with White Night experiences that pay respect to each town past and present, Dates are as follows. Save the dates in your diary for Bendigo and Geelong, but for now, look forward to Shepparton's White Night. Better still, subscribe and stay in the loop.
This is the first time White Night is heading to Shepparton to light up the night on Saturday 25 June 2022 from 6pm to 12am, so rug up and venture into a world of the unexpected. Enriched with a celebration of art and culture, it'll show case Shepparton's history and pay respect to past and present via experiences on the program. You might want to download the program map to plan your night. While you're there you might want to enjoy and discover Shepparton for a week or a weekend and explore a vibrantly surprising community that is more than meets the eye. This is regional Victoria's abundant, dynamic, culture capital where celebrating is simply a way of life.
Is a festive event ever complete without a night market?! The Culture Kitchen Night Market is where you can spend the evening under the lights and smells of the world. Walk through the cultures and taste the rich flavours of the Philippines, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the South Pacific. Drawing on Shepparton's identity as Victoria's 'food bowl' and most culturally diverse regional town, it celebrates our connection through food and empowers healthy and sustainable food cultures.
The program is littered with visual art and lighting installations and exhibitions like The Bear in the Woods, situated at the end of the Light Walk. It's a giant towering bear created by renowned Melbourne artist Bruce Armstrong. We love our giant installations in Australia, and you can check out Kenny Pittock's The World's Gone Pear Shaped. The installation uses humour to disarmingly broach more sincere ideas around anxiety, and the tension between holding on and letting go. It's also a hopeful reminder that things can still be fruitful, despite going pear shaped.
There's no one like well known artist Matt Adnate who paints the most exquisite portraits of our Indigenous community. Aunties is a mural that features Aunty Violet Harrison and Aunty Mary James, two significant past local elders. This project is aimed at celebrating the local Aboriginal history and culture within the region. Read more about these significant women via the link given. The Aboriginal Street Art Project has been named by locals as 'Dana Djirrungana Dunguludja Yenbene-I' which means 'Proud, Strong, Aboriginal People' in Yorta Yorta language.
The Bells by 5 Angry Men places the ensemble at the beginning of an impossible theatrical task that must be completed at whatever cost. It exposes the paradoxes of human nature, community and teamwork. 5 Angry Men is a public space theatre company renowned for innovative and extraordinary stage design and physically arduous performances requiring enormous discipline from the performers and one to experience. Star Dreaming on the other hand takes us on a journey in time and space from the perspective of Indigenous Australians, Australia's First Nations People who are the world's oldest astronomers. They assigned meaning to astronomical phenomena, which inform their lore and their social structures. Experience the natural sounds of an urban soundscape dissipate at this music/projection film event, as the stars are revealed above. There really is a lot to discover on the program so be sure to map out your evening so you get to experience each and every illuminating event.