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White Night Ballarat Lights The Way For The Regions
Ballarat captivates an audience of 60,000 people in its second year.
White Night Ballarat, for the second year, captured the imagination of 60,000 people celebrating art, creativity and community. Over 60 projections, installations, performances, exhibitions and music featured in the streets and laneways of the Ballarat CBD throughout the night.
Highlights included major projection works on iconic local buildings, such as The Secret Life of Buildings on the Ballarat Town Hall, Spiritual Enlightenment on the Mining Exchange, Here’s Looking at You on Craig’s Royal Hotel, and Rebel on the Myer Building. Installations amazed and engaged with audiences of all ages including Bunjil, the 48-piece LED animation along Sturt Street, The Bells on Lydiard Street and the Playlists for Heartbreaks on Armstrong Street had people dancing to their favourite love songs. Once again works such as Neon Dog Park and Birdmen interacted with and captivated audiences.
Visit Victoria Chief Executive Officer Peter Bingeman said, “It's great to see the continued success of White Night Ballarat following the successful inaugural event last year. Taking White Night to our regions is a key objective for Visit Victoria to increase visitation to our beautiful regional towns and cities. This event offers a unique opportunity to showcase this amazing historical town, and it's heartening to see visitors from far and wide flocking to this captivating festival in increasing numbers.
He continued, “The re-imagining of Ballarat through surreal installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive event is a unique experience that we know visitors love, and will create long lasting memories in the heart of every visitor."
Taking White Night to our regions is a key objective for Visit Victoria to increase visitation to our beautiful regional towns and cities.Peter Bingeman, CEO Visit Victoria
White Night Artistic Director and Executive Producer David Atkins commented, “Once again, artists and performers presented a world class event in Ballarat tonight that had audiences engaged, entertained and enthralled. Works from the local creative community and from as far afield as Amsterdam, took over the buildings, streets and laneways of the CBD. With a larger precinct and more programs on offer, White Night Ballarat has gone to the next level. I want to acknowledge and thank the Victorian State Government, Visit Victoria and the City of Ballarat for their support”.
White Night will feature in regional Victoria later this year, with White Night Bendigo and Geelong continuing to offer the chance for all to experience White Night.
With a larger precinct and more programs on offer, White Night Ballarat has gone to the next level.David Atkins, White Night Artistic Director & Executive Producer