1 August 2018
The full program has been launched for White Night in Bendigo, which will transform the regional centre into a visual and cultural, late night spectacular on 1 September 2018.
The acclaimed cultural event is descending on the city for the first time. The event will pay homage to the city’s rich history, from the Dreamtime stories of its Indigenous owners to its transformation during the gold rush.
The program, led by White Night Artistic Director David Atkins, will have a distinctly local flavour with 40 per cent of commissioned artists and performers personally connected to Bendigo.
Visitors will be introduced to the colourful characters and ghostly apparitions of Bendigo’s Fortuna Villa as they are brought to life by Robert Parson’s motion graphic installation, The Fortune Villa Story.
Bendigo’s iconic 110-year-old trams will also take a starring role hosting the Tram Queens and a series of roving performers throughout the evening.
These highlights and many more new installations will combine with some favourites from other White Night events including the White Night Messenger and Bunjil the Creator, which was inspired by the artwork of Ballarat’s Auntie and Indigenous Elder Marlene Gibson.
Bendigo is the second regional centre to host White Night after two successful White Night events in Ballarat. This year more than 60,000 people, including more than 15,000 from beyond the region, flocked to White Night Ballarat.
The event generated more than $5 million for the local economy.
White Night Bendigo will take place Saturday 1 September from 7pm and run until 2am.