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White Night Just Dropped The 2018 Program And We’re Pumped

By James Shackell
13th Dec 2017


White Night might not be till February, but the program is officially O-U-T, and it’s looking all sorts of awesome.

As usual, there are dozens and dozens of activations popping up in the CBD and inner ‘burbs, but in the interests of time, we’re gonna stick to some of the new stuff coming in 2018.

Melbourne’s big White Night theme next year is ‘What if?’ As in...‘What if we created a huge 3D video-mapping installation on the REB building?’ Or ‘What if we get Serpent Mother from Nevada’s Burning Man to light up the State Library with a giant flaming kinetic sculpture?’ These are the big questions.

The giant, 5-metre White Night Messenger will be back again (you might remember it from last year), and there are plans underway to turn Little Bourke Street into a non-stop, 12-hour outdoor music marathon, complete with falling snow.


“It’s our objective to raise the bar with each successive year, and this year will be no different,” says White Night Artistic Director David Atkins.

“For the first time, we've built a full 3D model of the Royal Exhibition Building’s façade. We will be able to take the REB to another level as a result – I can’t wait to see it.” Us neither, Mr Atkins.

For those who like their White Night with a side of gold-panning, Ballarat is getting back in on the action next year. The Town Hall and Craigs Hotel will be projection central, but there’ll also be ‘Ballarat From Above’—an epic, city-wide light show built from Skyline drone imaging.

You know how these things work by now. Plan your attack, drink lots of water, and if you want to avoid the worst of the crowds, set your alarm for 3am.

Get all the 2018 Melbourne White Night details here

Image credit: White Night 

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