If you look at some of the biggest cultural events around the country over the past few years, it's clear that we have a bit of an obsession with nighttime antics supported by neon light installations. Of course, Sydney has Vivid, Melbourne has White Night and, on a regional level, Uluru's Field of Light has been a huge hit. Now, Bendigo is following in these luminescent footsteps with its own White Night festival.
Inspired by Paris' Nuit Blanche movement, White Night has been an annual festival in Melbourne since 2013 and expanded to Ballarat in 2017. And, along with Geelong, Bendigo is joining in on the festivities for the first time this year. Celebrated artistic director and producer David Atkins, OAM will be leading the event.
From 7pm on Saturday, September 1 until 2am the next morning, Bendigo's CBD will be will be transformed by vibrant activities, artwork and performances. With View Street as the central hub, the festival will extend down Pall Mall and spill out into Bull Street, Chancery Lane and Rosalind Park. You will witness light installations — including a garden of a giant bugs and an inflatable space man — plus projections onto buildings, live music in the streets and endless free photo opportunities. There's also a mini film festival, a silent disco walking tour of Bendigo Art Gallery and a 70s disco in a heritage tram scheduled.
For more information on the White Night Bendigo program — including info on accommodation and how to navigate the event — head to the website. Then check out our guide to Bendigo's arts and culture to make a weekend of it.