The options available to you this White Night can get overwhelming. Here, we attempt to digest all the wondrous offerings and give you a starting point for your weekend adventure
While we can’t begin to scratch the surface of what will feature at this year’s White Night program, we can provide you with a solid foundation to grow from.
The projections created by the White Night team in collaboration with The Electric Canvas should mark the heart of your White Night map. Illuminating historic buildings including Craig’s Royal Hotel, the Ballarat Town Hall, the Former Bank of NSW, Post Office Gallery, and the Mining Exchange as well as other select heritage buildings in the centre of the city, these projections are the highlights of the program.
The White Knight Messenger with its tidings of peace and unity, the huge illuminated bird men, the utility kinetic insectoid on wheels, or the tolling bells – White Night’s roving installations will provide you with even more awe and wonder at regular intervals throughout the night.
The Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, The Lost Ones Gallery, Bluestone Nightclub, Hop Temple laneway, the Sporting Globe, and the Lydiard Street South Band Stage will each come to life with an array of musical offerings. From local talent the likes of Paige Duggan, Stella Savy and Ukulele Affair, to Australian names including the queen of Latin jazz iaki Vallejo, triple j uneathed star Libby Steel and Melbourne Djembe, there’s music to delight every seeker.
Sturt Street median strip will transform into a canvas filled with colour and installation, perfect for selfies. Whether it’s a paddock of neon doggies, a blinking eye in the oak treetops, a puppetry performance, or a giant landscape of glowing cocoons, this space will take you to an alternate world of colour and light.
Ballarat’s major gallery spaces will host their own exhibitions during White Night, allowing you to also marvel at the inside of the city’s historic buildings. The Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery, the Post Office Gallery and Ludbrook House will each be open for exhibition viewings.