Melbourne will embrace the night once more!
White Night is returning for another year with a program featuring local, national and international artists. And for the first time it has grown so big it is expanding outside its urban Melbourne confines into the new regional hub of Ballarat.
White Night has quickly become a fixture in the Melbourne entertainment calendar as Melburnians head into the city at all hours of the night to explore enormous installations and artworks hidden away within buildings and streets of the city.
Highlights of the White Night Melbourne program which was announced today include the monstrous fire-erupting Pyrophone Juggernaut at the Melbourne Museum Plaza. The Pyrophone Juggernaut is the largest hand-operated, multi-octave, fire organ in the world and built entirely from reclaimed metal and industrial salvage. This massive metallic beast bellows an unearthly music of heart pounding rhythms, all powered by monstrous jets of erupting flame. Operated by multiple musicians and performance artists the Pyrophone Juggernaut promises an infernal spectacle like no other!
Flinders Street buildings will come alive from The Forum Theatre to Chapter House with Electric Canvas’ Fractured Fairytales projections, a selection of children’s favourite fairytales, inspired by the Shrek films and the original Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of the 60s and 70s.
The majestic domed La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria will be transformed into an epic underwater 360 degree spectacular with Seadragon’s Lair. Sheree Marris, Brad May and Lisa Greenway have created a world-class animation with soundscapes and underwater cinematography to create a living canvas in Melbourne’s own marine metropolis.
If you’ve ever wanted to cut a rug on Collins Street, now’s your chance as the 12-hour dance marathon is back! Swing City presented by VicHealth will be set to the swinging sounds of big band music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, courtesy of big-band legend John Morrison and everyone is invited to join in!
Birrarung Marr will burst to life with Alex Sanson’s flower-like kinetic sculpture of vast proportions Spherophyte which unfurls before your eyes. As you gaze into the beauty of the giant Spherophyte the 48 moving arms come alive under lights, ‘breathing’ in an endless, effortless cycle, folding and unfolding as shapes intersect, combine and dissolve.
Fresh from their collaboration with Portuguese creative studio OCUBO at White Night Melbourne 2016, the Pitcha Makin Fellas return with a powerful collection of 24 portraits celebrating Indigenous faces of Ballarat at St Paul’s Cathedral. Black Face (Real Face) is a series of black-on-black portraits and with the use of three different gloss values of black paint means that as you move around the paintings, they change and therefore there is never one right spot from which to see them.
Floating high above the city in Hosier Lane, forward-thinking creative studio John Fish have created a majestic sky jellyfish, The Medusa. Elusive, beautiful and mysteriously alien, her tentacles will gracefully flow down from her dome-shaped bell head, from which coloured light pulsates and illuminates her body.
White Night returns to Melbourne on February 18th before making its way to Ballarat ready to take over the night on March 4. For more information and a full break down of the announced activations, visit www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au