Melbourne, Prepare to Explore the Night Again!

White Night, the iconic all-night festival of interactive events and urban adventure, will return to Melbourne for its fourth year from 7pm on Saturday 20th to 7am on Sunday 21st February. A sneak peek of the incredible artistic collaborations lined up for this year has just been released!

WNM2015 credit John Gollings

The 2016 program will see major Australian and international artists taking over some of Melbourne’s most iconic spaces with installations, projections and music in a footprint which stretches from Arts Centre Melbourne to the Royal Exhibition Building. The city will be broken up into four precincts, each with their own style and theme to discover.

Melbourne Museum and the Carlton Gardens will take on a circus guise in The Big Top precinct. This zone will feature the major White Night commission Circus Circus celebrating Victoria’s long history with the circus as international and local artists perform an incredible range of acrobatics and breathtaking aerials for twelve hours straight. (Interestingly, the circus theme will follow you right through to the final precinct at Arts Centre Melbourne, the site of Australia’s largest circus in 1901 Olympia).

Northern Lights comes next as you traverse past the Melbourne City Baths which will be transformed into an aquatic breeding ground with Incubator before heading into the Monkey Magic precinct featuring Lisa Roet’s interpretation of Monkey Magic on the Melbourne Town Hall. And a nice tie in with the end of Chinese New Year festivities in Chinatown!

Birrarung Marr and Federation Square will once again transport visitors to Wonderland. Federation Square will become a canvas for internationally acclaimed indigenous artist Reko Rennie as White Night lights up the night with its iconic projections. Or you can dance the night away with 12 hours of choreographed chaos as Melbourne’s multicultural communities guide crowds through dances from around the world.

Finally, at the other end of the city are the Southern Lights, a precinct which keeps Melbourne’s coveted artistic venues open well into the night as Josh Muir paints an illuminating picture of aboriginal people on the façade of NGV. But if interactive artworks are more your style, Arts Centre Melbourne is handing the keys over to the locals as audiences take command of the lights on the iconic 162-metre spire!

The best news? This is only a preview of the many activities in the works for White Night Melbourne. The full program of events will be announced later in January as artists from across the country and the world prepare to turn Melbourne on its head in a dusk to dawn celebration of creativity and culture.

For more information on some of the installations and events preparing for White Night 2016, visit