I’ve lived in Melbourne for almost six months now. Despite this I take Melbourne a lot more for granted than I took London. There are times when I miss London terribly. In Melbourne, I know the trams, the city laneways, the best places for a coffee or a cupcake. I’ve always wanted to live in Melbourne.
Sometimes it takes an epic event to make you see a city with fresh eyes. For the very first time Melbourne came to life for a 12 hour celebration of arts and culture. White Night Melbourne on 23 February was a night time festival from 7.00pm to 7.00am. City streets were overtaken by people not cars. Melbourne’s iconic buildings were illuminated with colourful projections and silhouettes.
During White Night in Melbourne, I walked the city streets seeing everything differently. It didn’t feel like a typical Saturday night at all. There were many families around and everyone around was in high spirits.
Federation Square turned into a massive dance floor complete with disco balls. ‘I Could’ve Danced All Night’ saw dance lessons being taught to hundreds of people busting a move in Federation Square. I learnt swing dancing and salsa somewhere between the hours of 10.00pm and 1.00am during White Night.
Flinders Street Station turned into a concert venue. It was like Flinders Street had turned into a music festival. It was also strange seeing people sitting in the middle of Flinders Street!
My favourite gallery in the city, NGV International, stayed open late as well. The strangest masterpiece of the evening was a moving artwork make completely out of foam. The foam ebbed and flowed, stretching all the way to the stained glass ceiling. We had fun trying to catch the foam, blowing at it and feeling like it was a spiderweb.
During White Night Melbourne I felt like I was finally starting to feel more like a Melbournian. I loved walking around the city on a balmy summer night. I felt incredibly safe and had so much fun. White Night Melbourne was art for the masses in an incredibly easy, fun and free festival. Can’t wait to, hopefully, experience White Night again in Melbourne next year!
All photos were taken on my iPhone.