White Night Melbourne, 18th February 2017

In its 5th year, Melbourne’s White Night is a cultural event held over a 12 hour period from Saturday, 7.00pm to Sunday 7.00am.

A friend and I decided to test our boundaries by travelling down to Melbourne by train on Saturday, the 18th for our first experience of this event. We decided the attractions in the Carlton Gardens – Melbourne Museum area would be enough to occupy us for the night.

This is a YouTube rich post as what we saw was beyond words. We were picking our jaws off the ground a good deal as we experienced the attractions of the night.

It was impossible to ignore the projection show, Rhythms of the Night, on the exterior of the Royal Exhibition Building

 

The projection depicted what happens during the cycles of our sleep. Mmmmmm…..I am still waiting for a night’s sleep like this.

Nebulous was an eye catching art installation in front of the Melbourne Museum.

My friend and I wandered over to a large illuminated model of a boat made from tubes but with 7 people aboard, The Pyrophone Juggernaut turned into a rip snorting, flame spurting percussion/wind instrument complete with the occasional explosion. Yes, as we stood amazed at the spectacle before us, my friend said: ‘It was worth coming just for this!’

We were further entertained by the Sonic Light Bubble, artificial possums with glowing red eyes lodged in the branches of trees (I suspect any self respecting brush tailed possum would have vacated the Carlton Gardens for the night) and two stilt walkers dressed as flamingos.

Crowd members got into the spirit of the night with children wearing twinkling footwear running by and adults dressed up. The merchandise sellers were doing well going on the numbers of light sabres being waved and the illuminated head wear being worn.

We felt well rewarded for our efforts as we boarded the last train home before midnight.

The price of our adventure? Food and drink only. We used our free Seniors travel vouchers for the trains and trams and the attractions were free.

 

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6 Responses

  1. How exciting, thanks for all the YouTube links.

    • Hi Susan. I am grateful for technology which enables people to record their own videos and upload them to the internet. Without people in the crowd busy filming, I would not have been able to share the excitement of White Night.

  2. What a delightful trip for little cost! Fantastic shows and light displays! I probably would have liked the opossums with the glowing red eyes best… nature girl that I am! 😀

    • Hi Lori, I am glad you liked the YouTube videos. It was a little weird seeing glowing eyes in the trees. I wondered if we would see the real possums which occupy the gardens but they were keeping a low profile.

  3. An excellent choice for stretching some boundaries, Margaret. What a feast for the eyes!

    • Yes Gail, It was a feast for the eyes! It was exhilarating seeing the outcomes of people’s creative imaginations.

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