White Night (Nuit Blanche) was originally conceived in Paris in 2002. Since its inception Nuit Blanche has inspired an international network of White Night events in more than 20 cities around the world, creating a tailored event that reflects each city’s distinct passions and characteristics.
In 2013, Melbourne embraced this unique opportunity – created by the State Government – to showcase its city and provide a platform for local, national and international artists to connect with audiences from Melbourne, Australia and around the world, for one night only.
The first White Night Melbourne was an instant success, with 300 000 people enjoying the all night event. Annually since then, an average of 500 000 people have ventured into Melbourne’s CBD to witness the city come alive in what has become one of the key cultural events on the Australian calendar.
In 2017, Ballarat joins Melbourne, Paris, Toronto and Sao Paulo in the international network of colour, making history in the process!