Frequently Asked Questions

White Night Melbourne is on Saturday 17 Februrary 2018, running non-stop from 7pm until 7am, rain, hail or shine. Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the night.

About the Night

WHAT IS WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, which began in Paris, White Night now takes place in dozens of cities worldwide. White Night Melbourne joined the list in 2013 and now, in its 6th year, is one of the major events on Australia’s cultural calendar.

A one night only, all-night celebration of culture and creativity, the 12-hour event includes exhibitions, street performances, illuminations, installations, music, dance and interactive events throughout the CBD and city cultural precinct, and provides a rare opportunity to experience the city reimagined.

There is so much on offer that you don’t need to see everything, but if you want to try, you have all night – so pace yourself.  Take advantage of the quieter spaces to rest and recharge and enjoy your evening.

White Night is a non-stop adventure from dusk to dawn that gives the city over to local, national and global artists … and to you!

WHERE WILL WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE BE HELD, EXACTLY?

White Night Melbourne takes over city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne’s CBD, from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road right through to the Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens.

IS WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE FREE?

Almost everything at White Night Melbourne is free, but a few venues may be hosting ticketed events; these are clearly indicated on their individual program listings, along with booking details.

About the Program

WHICH MAJOR CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

Arts Centre Melbourne, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV International on St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square) and State Library Victoria will be offering programming over the entire 12 hours.

ARE ALL ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM SUITABLE FOR A GENERAL AUDIENCE?

The majority of the White Night Melbourne program is suitable for all ages. Any venues or works with an age restriction due to program content will be identified on individual program listings.

IS THERE AN OFFICIAL PROGRAM GUIDE?

The full program is now available. A detailed program and amenities map is also available.

WHEN WILL THE PROJECTIONS AND LIGHTING DISPLAYS START AND END?

White Night Melbourne runs from 7pm to 7am; however, the projections and lighting works are best viewed after darkness falls (around 9pm or so) and before the sun rises on Sunday morning.

WILL I BE ABLE TO SEE THE ENTIRE WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE PROGRAM IF I STAY FOR THE FULL 12 HOURS?

The 2018 program has more than 100 free cultural events and activities, in just 12 hours, so you may not be able to experience every single program item. But there is no right or wrong way to experience the event. There is so much on offer, so feel free to arrive and see what happens! White Night Melbourne is yours to create for yourself – no two people will have the same experience!

WHO CREATED AND PRODUCES THE EVENT?

White Night Melbourne is a State Government of Victoria initiative that is owned and managed by Visit Victoria. It is produced by David Atkins Enterprises, with CEO & Artistic Director David Atkins OAM at the helm, curating works created by local, national and international artists.

Planning Your White Night

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION BEFORE THE EVENT?

The best place to find accurate and up-to-date information is here on the White Night website and on the event’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also subscribe below to receive the latest information about White Night Melbourne in your inbox by submitting your email address in the field found in near the footer of the page.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT?

For updates throughout the night, follow White Night Melbourne on Twitter or Facebook. Event Information points will also be located throughout the precinct, and White Night Melbourne team members will be happy to help you. Details on the location of the Event Information points are available on the map.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

There are incredible events taking place throughout the full 12 hours. But remember, White Night Melbourne is a huge and popular event, attracting crowds larger than New Year’s Eve. In previous years, the biggest crowds have been experienced between about 9pm and 11.30pm, so you may want to tailor your experience with this in mind.

The beauty of White Night Melbourne, however, is that it spans the city, and the night. So if there are crowds and queues in some areas, why not just continue on – you will likely discover something you didn’t expect! You can always circle back later.

Note: while Swanston Street and Flinders Street may be particularly busy between 7pm and 11pm, Russell and Elizabeth Streets are expected to have lighter pedestrian foot traffic. And if you find yourself in a crowd at any point, be patient and follow any directions from the White Night Melbourne team.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE?

We recommend bringing a water bottle, a charged phone, comfortable shoes and a smile. Don’t forget to check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. You can also download or print the map.

WHERE SHOULD I START?

Consider commencing your journey in either the Carlton Gardens or the Alexandra and Queen Victoria Gardens before heading into the city. These White Night Melbourne northern and southern precincts are set within beautiful, spacious parkland and will feature many prominent program pieces – including stunning works such as UKI: Utility Kinetic Insect, last year’s beloved White Knight Messenger and the magnificent projections on the Royal Exhibition Building.

IS THERE A CHANCE THAT WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE WILL BE POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

Come rain, hail or shine it’s happening on Saturday 17 February 2018 from 7pm to 7am – so come prepared! White Night Melbourne has a range of program options that are both indoor and outdoor to cater for all weather conditions.

Getting to White Night

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport is a great way to get to and from White Night Melbourne, but please keep in mind that demand can be high during peak times. PTV will be running trains, trams, NightRider buses and some SmartBuses all night. Detailed timetable information is available here or at ptv.vic.gov.au.

WILL PUBLIC TRANSPORT BE FREE?

Public transport will not be free during White Night, so you will still need to top up and use your myki. See Public Transport & Parking for more information.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

You can visit the PTV website or call PTV on 1800 800 007.

DRIVING 

If you plan to drive, be aware that there will be several roads closed in and around the CBD, and limited parking will be available. Details are available on the road closure map.

There will be Transport Hubs located close to the event precinct, which will centralise bus and taxi services and offer accessible drop-off points. Details can be found on the map.

Access & Amenities

WHO CAN I ASK FOR INFORMATION DURING THE EVENT AND HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO SPOT THEM?

There will be Event Information Points across the CBD and staff will be present and identifiable all night throughout the event precinct to assist with any queries. These Event Information Points are denoted on the map.

IS THERE SEATING IN ALL AREAS?

Seating is available in participating indoor venues, cafes and restaurants. Existing public seating is available on the street, with some extra seating provided in key food-stop and rest areas.

WHICH CAFES, BARS, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD VENUES WILL BE OPEN FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT?

A list of participating cafes, restaurants and food trucks is available. We encourage you to make a reservation at restaurants within the event precinct so you don’t miss out. Please note that all public areas of White Night Melbourne are alcohol free.

WHAT KIND OF FACILITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE NIGHT?

Signs indicating key amenities – including general information, first aid, lost children, toilets and drinking water – will be present on the night. Food stops with a variety of food vans and food courts are indicated on the map.

WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES AVAILABLE?

Yes.  These are indicated on the map, which you can download and print or pick up from selected venues around the city.

WHERE WILL THE FIRST AID STATION BE?

First aid stations will be located throughout the event precinct. These are indicated on the map.

IS WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE LICENSED?

No. White Night Melbourne is an alcohol-free event. Alcohol is only permitted within licensed venues. Check back closer to the event date for information on venues with extended licences. It is an offence within the City of Melbourne to consume or carry opened alcohol in public areas.