White Night Melbourne
Samara Macchia | On 26, Feb 2013
Been wondering what all those pictures of Flinders Station, all dressed up in colour, popping up around social media are all about? Last Saturday evening in Melbourne kicked off a little differently than usual. Melbourne’s usual Saturday night crowds are nothing in comparison to the estimated 300,000 people who crowded in the city centre for Melbourne’s inaugural White Night Festival. Commencing at 7pm Saturday evening and ending 7am Sunday morning, this year’s all-night arts and cultural celebration was a massive success, beautifully showcasing all there is to love about Melbourne arts, culture, fashion, food and wine.
White Night kicked off at Federation Square where hundreds of mirror balls were suspended over the site as instructors taught members of the public how to zumba. The night continued with Melbourne’s favourite session band, The RockWiz Orchestra, transforming The Flinders Street Station steps, while Swanston Street was filled with an eclectic mix of Melbourne’s buskers and performance artists. Other exhibitions and concerts continued all over the city, throughout the night and into Sunday morning, attracting all kinds of Melbournians.
Premier and Minister of the Arts, Ted Baillieu described the crowd numbers as some of the biggest he had ever seen in the city, potentially surpassing New Year’s Eve attendance.
All in all White Night Melbourne was a great success and a beautiful example of Melbourne’s unique Culture. I am sure it will become one of Melbourne’s staple events, sitting alongside such events as the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Australian F1 Grand Prix.