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White Night Melbourne 2014

WHITE NIGHT is back on February 22. With so many free and ticketed events planned, we’re making sure you don’t miss the best as Rachel Furolo shares her top picks. 

Photo by: Steve Collis

Photo: Steve Collis

If you already have plans for this Saturday between 7pm to 7am on Sunday, cancel them.

You’re going to want to attend what is arguably Melbourne’s most interesting cultural celebration of music, dance, art, design, food, sports and fashion. White Night 2014 is set to once again create something magical in the heart of the CBD.

From dusk until dawn, Melbourne will come alive with a series of free and ticketed events. From light displays on city landscapes to short film screenings, White Night has something for everyone.

The program is broken up into precincts, which divide the events on commonality, but it’s hard not to want to attend everything.

Here are our picks for White Night 2014:

I Could Have Danced All Night
In hour-long intervals starting from 7pm, Federation Square will be hosting dance parties of several different styles. From Salsa to Bollywood and Hip-Hop to West African, this cultural journey through dance is sure to be a lot of fun.

The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre has two exclusive projects for White Night.

Drop into Hamer Hall to see Rachmaninoff, an amazingly talented pianist who will be performing on a Mason & Hamlin grand reproducing piano.

Alternatively, join a ‘Phantom of the Theatre Ghost Tour’, to take a spine-chilling look behind the scenes at Australia’s largest performing arts centre. Go beneath the stage into secret passageways and hidden areas between 7pm and 3am. It’s best to book, as spots are limited.

The Arts Centre precinct will also have heaps to eat and drink including ice-cream carts, a Night Hawkers Market and drinks from Melbourne’s famous Tram Bar.

Crepuscular Beam
Projected from Alexandra Gardens into the night sky, this light show will be something spectacular. It was created by lighting designer Paul Collison and will be lighting up the sky throughout White Night, although it’s best to check it out when it’s really dark.

National Gallery of Victoria
You get more than a simple stroll through the NGV during White Night. The exterior of the building will be illuminated with images from Tattooed City, a project that pays homage to the illustrated bodies of Melburnians.

Inside the NGV, there’ll be a silent disco, a 14-hour live drawing experience and a guided tour of several of the artworks on display.

For more information about events, check out the official White Night website. 

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