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White Night Melbourne 2016

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
The date is set. 20 / 2 / 2016. 7pm - 7pm. White Night Melbourne.

White Night Melbourne 2015 image c/o facebook.com/WhiteNightMelbourne

This year's celebration of art, music, culture, food, film and light will transform Melbourne's city streets, cultural landmarks, iconic laneways, gardens, galleries and public spaces into an interactive event, and all-night party.

The full program sees both local and international artists work alongside White Night Melbourne's Artistic Director, Andrew Walsh AM.

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All of the places and spaces you love in Melbourne will be illuminated in a rainbow of colour, and used as a canvas to present some of the best art work by the world's creatives. See over 120 works in this year's program, making it the biggest White Night Melbourne event yet.

Highlights include:

Aqua Vitae Presented by Melbourne Water – Yarra River

A droplet. A ripple. A splash. A puddle. A river. A wall of water. Water jets. Water creatures. Water, water, water…… A laser, light and water show on the Yarra River, Aqua Vitae, celebrates this vital resource and its integral contribution to enhancing life and liveability in Melbourne, and beyond.

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White Wash - CGI Building, 181 Swanston Street

A Large scale projection from ocean-loving filmmaker Chase Burns exploring the modern day zeitgeist of rising sea levels and inviting viewers to open their minds to the possibilities of the not too distant future. From the safety of the footpath – of course.

The Dresses - Queen Victoria Gardens

The Dresses ©MatthewAndrews

French artist Tae Gon Kim’s ethereal work, The Dresses, shapes hundreds of fibre-optic strands into the form of three beautiful and extravagant gowns suspended in darkness – apparitions, shimmering from the realms of fantasy. Slowly the illuminated optical fibre in each dress changes colour, symbolising its history and transformation over time. Each of the dresses weaves its own story of relationships, love and intimacy – inviting adoration and adornment alongside immersion and transformation.

Neon Laneway - Rutledge Lane

Neon Laneway

Neon Laneway is a colourful fusion of urban art and contemporary dance that will light up the iconic Hosier and Rutledge Lane junction in a fluid blend of physical and visual street art backed by an explosive soundtrack of contemporary Australian beats.

Landscaping Architecture – State Library Victoria forecourt

The State Library Victoria forecourt undergoes a playful re-landscaping. Artist Amanda Morgan tips her creative cap to heritage and architecture in an immersive large-scale video installation in William Guilfoyle’s garden. Activated with imagery from Amanda and photographer James HH Morgan, and music from DJ JNETT, one of Melbourne’s favourite meeting places will be transformed into a colourful playground or a contemplative resting place.

Skate White Night All Night - Riverslide Skate Park – Alexandra Gardens

Big hART is collaborating with Melbourne artists and skateboarders to create a new theatre show called SKATE. The event brings projectionists, percussionists, lighting and sound to Riverslide…….you bring your skateboard.

Black Mirror - Queen Victoria Gardens, Janet Lady Clarke Rotunda

A gestural augmented reality projection artwork. Venture into a misty Hades and gaze into the Black Mirror. See your reflection and use your body to explore a mysterious interior underworld projected in the Queen Victoria Gardens famous rotunda.

Decade and Decadent – State Library Victoria, northern facade

Australian photographer Rennie Ellis (1940–2003) was a key figure in the nation’s visual culture and is best remembered for his effervescent observations of life during the 1970s – 90s. Although invariably inflected with his own personality and wit, the thousands of social documentary photographs taken by Ellis during this period now form an important historical record. The images in this projection have been drawn from two award-winning books by Rennie Ellis - Decade and Decadent - and highlight some of the defining images of Australian life from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Kaleidodreams - Old Melbourne Gaol Wall (RMIT)

Captivating Melbourne Burlesque artist Sina King takes centre stage in this kaleidoscopic exploration of dance, fashion and art. Collaborating with multi-faceted artist Jake Stollery, these two talented Melburnian creatives combine sensual silhouettes with dynamic animation and an ever-changing palette of fashion textiles to create a stylish suite of graphic projections.

Ideation – La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

The State Library’s majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room is a place where an incalculable number of thoughts, concepts, stories, words, images and sounds are collected and created. Ideation is a spectacular celebration of the power of libraries to teach, inspire and grow. It celebrates and reviews aspects of the world’s achievements in knowledge.

Encounters - Palm Lawn, Alexandra Gardens

A cohesion of sound, music, lighting, and visual effects that you control. Encounters is an interactive digital art installation that, through its dynamic nature, allows audience interaction to produce a dynamically composed soundscape, a series of visual effects and responsive lighting.

Painting with Light - ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr

Painting with Light

Anita G and Andy Phillips combine their skills and passions to create a hub for camera-carrying photographers of all skill levels who want to congregate, share images, learn tricks of the trade, or explore the latest in light painting techniques.

Urban Creatures - City Square fountain

There are strange and wonderful characters lurking in the streets of Melbourne and for one night only the talented animators from Victorian College of Art will lure these urban creatures out to play. Accompanied by the heavy dance beats of urban music, visitors are invited to dance the night away with a colourful array of animated characters.

Les Meduses Beth McMahon

In 2016 the precincts include The Big Top at the Carlton Gardens, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and its Plaza. Northern Lights from Lonsdale Street north to RMIT, State Library Victoria and the Melbourne City Baths. Monkey Business will incorporate the CBD, Flinders Lane and Bourke Street Mall, while Wonderland will again be located throughout Flinders Street, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr. Southern Lights will include the NGV, Arts Centre Melbourne, and the Alexandra and Queen Victoria Gardens.

White Night Melbourne for Kids

Are you planning to take your children to White Night Melbourne in 2016?

Although there are no specific areas designed for children, families are most certainly welcome to enjoy the all-night party.

That said, White Night Melbourne attracts hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists into the city centre. If crowds don't phase you, consider doing your research first and head to the places you want to see in advance. By doing so, you can try to avoid the busiest areas around Swanston Street and Flinders Street, which peak around 7pm - 11pm.

Public transport will run all night with an extended timetable during White Night Melbourne 2016.

White Night Melbourne 2015 image c/o facebook.com/WhiteNightMelbourne

White Night Melbourne is a rare opportunity to experience the city in a different light. See the full program HERE.
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