So Geelong is officially the third Victorian regional centre to get the White Night treatment (Bendigo and Ballarat are still sleeping off their hangovers).
And the news has just come in—this week the Andrews government announced Geelong’s first official White Night program. It’s all happening on Saturday 13 October, if you want to chuck it in the diary.
So what do we know so far? Well for starters, this is the first White Night to ever happen next to water, so Geelong’s maritime and indigenous history is gonna play a big part. And yup, the White Night Messenger will be doing his usual thing.
“One of the big changes for Geelong is that it’s on the bay, so that’s influenced a lot of the work,” says event organiser David Atkins. “We’ve got four or five pieces which have a certain maritime influence, plus 10 installations down on the foreshore, and a great cultural precinct around Johnston Park and the library.”
Mr Atkins says the real challenge with these things is crowd management. If you’ve ever been to White Night Melbourne (which attracts more than 600,000 people) you’ll know what he’s talking about.
“The big issue for us is to keep things flowing. We’re curating the works and precinct to drive people through them. Every year we learn more what works and what doesn’t work.”
Okay, onto specifics. Here are a few highlights to get your Insta-finger twitching...
Siren Song | the White Night Geelong centrepiece. It’ll be a bunch of yachts in Corio Bay with changing light projections on the sails.
Geelong Live | a non-stop stage in The Gordon’s massive back courtyard. There’ll be a good mix of local performers, and it’ll run till 2am.
White Night Sign | a 10-metre interactive light installation in Johnstone Park. Probably your best White Night selfie spot.
Neon Dog Park | exactly what it sounds like. A collection of neon dogs and glowing trees, made from a revolutionary new LED Neon Flex (not burning hot glass).
Garage Bands Stage One | the other live music spot you’ll need to check out. This one’s in the Busport carpark on Gheringhap St.
There are dozens of pop-ups and installations going on. You can check out the full program here.
Where: Geelong (various locations)
When: 7pm – 2am, Saturday 13 October
For more info, click here.
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Image credit: White Night, City Of Geelong