For the first time ever, the incredible spectacle of White Night is set to touch the streets and buildings of Ballarat.
There’s no denying there will be some wondrous sights to discover on the night and it’s the perfect opportunity for locals to wander out and explore the city they call home. Read on to find out a little bit more about what you might see.
It’s not every day that the surfaces of Ballarat are covered in beautiful light projections. A stroll down Sturt Street is sure to reveal a wealth of bright lights. The Electric Canvas will enliven many of the city’s corners with their different Nights of Gold illuminations; stare in awe at Tales of the Night, Shall We Dance? and Poet’s Corner, just to name a few.
A peep down Unicorn Lane will also reveal the magic that is Wadawurrung Walking with Waa – a combination of projection and traditional Aboriginal singing.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat is one of the city’s gems, so it’s only natural that the institution is staying open for the full 12 hours of White Night. You can catch a collection of artworks like the quirky Big and Little: Works from the Collection and marvel at Next Gen 2017, which showcases incredible pieces from students in the region.
Follow the signs to love with Love This Way, a glowing installation leading you in a direction you weren’t necessarily going.
If you’ve got kids, try waking them up early (around 4am) to Point to the Possum, where they can hunt for wildlife in a Where’s Wally styled game.
As you pass by Police Lane off Lydiard Street, peep into Lux Populi, a blank canvas offering everyone the opportunity to create new, temporary light paintings. The best part about it? There’s no rush at a dusk ‘til dawn event.
In addition to the stunning lights and installations, the wealth of wonderful music transforming the streets is impressive. Bring everyone along to catch the bands taking over the Live Music Marathon stage. Get a little bit jazzy with the Paige Duggan Quintet or experience the sunrise with Better than the Wizards. Before you leave, a boogie at Swing City is an absolute must. Here, you can participate in a dance marathon to the swinging sounds of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.
The beauty of being a local at White Night Ballarat means you’re able to take full advantage of the magical 12 hours. No matter who you are, there are plenty of pockets of illuminated darkness to be unveiled when the city is transformed on Saturday 4 March, 7pm – 7am.