'White Night Reimagined' lights up three of Melbourne’s iconic gardens

A three-night winter spectacular full of art, culture and large scale performances bolstered by music and food offerings.

Melbourne's iconic cultural institutions will come alive with their own special programming and will open for extended hours (Photo: White Night Reimagined)

Melbourne, the city that stays abuzz around the clock with live music, tantalising food and cultural experiences, will sizzle over three nights from Aug 22 with White Night Reimagined. Last-night revellers can wend their way through Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr, guided by projections and video-mapping installations.

Globe by Amsterdam-based street-theatre group Close-Act will debut at the seventh edition of this annual creative event with circus, acrobatics, musicians and dance in Birrarung Marr, which will be transformed into The Physical Realm. Roam around Carlton Gardens and you may bump into The Guardian of the Spiritual Realm, a puppet measuring 5m by 10m from nose to tail, created by puppeteer Joe Blanck.


'Globe' makes its Australian debut, featuring 41 performers in, on, around and above its 16-metre structure in an acrobatic show (Photo: Close-Act)

At the Treasury Gardens (The Sensory Realm), “dwellers” can wander inside The Giant Cocoon, made with more than 1,000 precisely positioned lights fashioned into a floating parabolic suspension of woven ropes, and become one with the artwork.

An award-winning painting titled Land Lost, Land Stolen by Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder Marlene Gilson will be featured on the façade of the National Gallery of Victoria as well as the voices of Aboriginal Victorians. The Old Treasury Building, the Department of Education and the State Library Victoria will also come alive with illuminations that tell iconic stories about Melbourne.

The Arts Centre’s biannual Supersense festival offers visitors a collaborative experience, Superdrone, on Aug 24. For those whose night out is not complete without a good meal, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has a lot to offer by the city’s top restaurants. 


This article first appeared on July 29, 2019 in The Edge Malaysia. ​


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