Stop what you’re doing and grab your smartphone—the festival of your Instagram dreams is heading to Bendigo, and you absolutely, most definitely, need to head there, too.
Inspired by the famous Nuit Blanche movement that began in Paris in 2002, White Night is an epic free light party that transforms cities all over the world through art, music, colour and (you guessed it) light. And this September, for the first time ever, it’s Bendigo’s turn.
From 7pm to 2am (yes, really) on 1 September, Bendigo's streets, laneways and public spaces are set to overflow with a whole lotta super snappable light installations, digital projections, street performers and art that's guaranteed to knock your socks off and up your 'gram game. ICYMI, the program is chokkers and we strongly suggest you make a weekend of it so you don't miss a thing.
Here’s everything you neeeeeeed to see:
For one night only, DAE White Night, The Electric Canvas and BK Opera are teaming up to bring you live performances of opera classics (La Traviata, Carmen and La Boheme) from the steps of the Capital Theatre. There’ll be epic projections on the iconic building to complement each act and few surprises that will have your jaw-dropping.
White Knight Messenger and Calling Occupants
The White Knight Messenger (the five metre futuristic archangel) and Calling Occupants (eight-metre inflatable and illuminated spaceman) are White Night icons. If they’re not on your Instastory by early morning, did you even go to White Night?
The Fortuna Villa Story
This one's for Bendigo! George Lansell is a straight up local icon. AKA as the 'Quartz King', Lansell scored BIG in the Gold Rush and built the STUNNING Fortuna Villa residence in Bendigo (which is home to a luxe high tea offering nowadays). Boasting a Pompeii fountain, roman baths and undergound tunnels; the Villa's also home to a spooky tale or two, which you can catch as an incredible light projection come White Night.
Get up close and personal with the artist and watch the projection as they draw their way to the beat of live music. Literally. When the sound stops, so does the artist drawing, and when it starts again, they move on to the next. Think musical chairs meets Picasso. Wellllll, kinda.
Silent Disco Walking Tour
Dance your way around Bendigo Art Gallery on Guru Dudu’s silent disco walking tour, which is less about walking and more about cutting a rug (obvs). Expect spontaneous flash mobs, a whole lot of interpretative dancing and as much improvisation as you god damn want. For those who actually want to learn about the art, there’ll be commentary too.
This one’s a given. Basically you pose until your heart's content inside an interactive photo booth and your pics are projected live onto the adjacent building for your 5 minutes of fame. Go on, you know you want to.
Dudley House on View Street will completely transform into a Versailles-inspired fantasy with six chandeliers installations made from discarded soft drink bottles, wire and plastic. In this work, artist Debra Goldsmith shines a light on our disposable culture and what can happen when we repurpose it AKA live like a king (or queen), duh.
White Night Film Fest
One word: popcorn. Oh, and short films sure to get you thinking. Need we say more?
One of Bendigo’s heritage trams will turn into an an ab fab disco wonderland thanks to your fave drag queens, Miss Art Simone and Pashion Couture, on the mics. Shake your booty and try not to sing along. Find it on the corner of Pall Mall and Williamson Street.
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When: White Night Bendigo
Where: Saturday 1 September, from 7pm to 2am