12 December 2016
White Night will come to Ballarat for the first time in 2017.
White Night artistic director David Atkins OAM launched the program for next year's event today, which features local and international performers and artists.
White Night is a stunning dusk-to-dawn event that attracts thousands of revellers, all spellbound by illuminations on city streetscapes and great live entertainment. Thousands flock to Melbourne's event each year, and we're taking it to regional Victoria for the first time.
Audiences will be taken back to the days of the gold rush as Nights of Gold by The Electric Canvas lights up some of Ballarat's most picturesque and historic buildings.
Ballarat's iconic Picture Makin Fellas made a great impression on crowds at White Night Melbourne in 2016, and the local favourites will be back once more in 2017 to give their home town a taste of their talents.
There will be something the whole family can enjoy, including a line-up of live music featuring Ballarat's hometown acts. The musical program will be announced in January.
White Night is Australia's contribution to the global phenomenon, Nuit Blanche. Victoria is the only Australian state to offer the all-night event, joining 23 cities worldwide including Paris and Sao Paulo.
Next year's inaugural Ballarat event will attract visitors from all over the state, nation and world, and that means invaluable opportunities for local businesses.
Regional Victoria has something for everyone and the best of everything – and we want visitors to see it for themselves. The Labor Government has established a $20 million Regional Events Fund to help rural and regional communities stage the events that attract visitors in their thousands.
White Night Ballarat begins at 7pm on March 4.