White Night Melbourne 2016 – Photos

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

The Dresses by Tae Gon Kim

White Night once again illuminated the streets of Melbourne for the forth year year, attracting approximately 580,000 people. The all night program of light projections and entertainment saw a few changes from previous years. Major attractions were spread from Federation Square to The Royal Exhibition Building to ease congestion. While a couple of the illuminations had previously been exhibited at Sydney’s Vivid festival, there were some attractions that were distinctly Melbourne. This is what I saw.

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Circus Circus - rope artist

Circus Circus – rope artist

Still Here by Josh Muir with Ample Projects - NGV

Still Here by Josh Muir with Ample Projects – NGV

Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Trip the Light Fantastic – Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

Jellyfish by Joe Blanck

Jellyfish by Joe Blanck

White Night - Royal Exhibition Building

White Night – Royal Exhibition Building

The Dresses

The Dresses

White Night Melbourne 2015 Photos

St Paul's Cathedral during White Night Melbourne 2015

St Paul’s Cathedral – White Night Melbourne 2015

White Night Melbourne returned for a third year, attracting approximately 500,000 people to the streets of Melbourne for the all night program of illuminations and cultural events. Scheduled on the same day as Soundwave, I managed to capture a few highlights. Another fascinating sensory overload on a hot Summer’s night. This is what I saw.


White Night Melbourne 2015 - Wonderland

Flinders St – White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden

Sita's Garden Lotus Pond - White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden Lotus Pond

Sita's Garden - White Night Melbounre

Sita’s Garden – The Crucible


Scots' Church - Colonise

Scots’ Church – Colonise

Check out my archive of White Night Melbourne photos, 2013-2015.

White Night Melbourne 2014 – Photo Essay

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Melbourne welcomed White Night for the second year with an expanded program. This time, word of mouth got around to approximately 500,000 people, seeing the streets of Melbourne packed to the brim for arts and culture in the wee hours of the morning.

I worked my way from north to south to capture the night, shooting for nine hours.
This is what I saw.

9pm – Lisa Mitchell live, QV

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell

While not an official White Night event, as darkness fell, Lisa Mitchell started the evening with a delightful outdoor performance set in front of Luma Domes light installation by Kit Webster and Pierre Proske in QV Square.

11pm – Purple Rain, Old Melbourne Gaol

Purple Rain

A little moment in Purple Rain

The one hour wait was worth it. A visual and audio experience created by French artist Pierre Ardouvin, visitors were handed umbrellas and showered with illuminated rain, as Prince’s Purple Rain played.

12am – Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition, RMIT

Melbourne, Music & Me

Melbourne, Music & Me

The Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition put on an all-nighter for its final night. Showcasing the history of Australian music, affiliated with Mushroom Group of Companies, featuring tour memorabilia, awards and costumes of Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Crowded House, P!nk and Madonna.

1am – Vortex, Southbank Pedestrian Bridge



The bridge was transformed into a sci-fi visual experience. To be honest, it didn’t quite live up to the itinerary.

2am – Melbourne Now, NGV

Melbourne Now

Confessions on a dancefloor – Melbourne Now

The NGV was still buzzing in the early hours of the morning, with Melbourne Now and Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion were open all night, free of charge. The highlight – Darren Sylvester’s ‘For You’ disco room installation in the Melbourne Now exhibition.

4am – Midden, Birrarung Marr



An amazing 360 degree illumination paying tribute to the traditional owners of the land.

4:30am – Wonderland, Flinders Street

Flinders St Illuminations

Flinders St Illuminations

With the crowd began to thin out, creating an eery Wonderland landscape.

5am – Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus one billion times, State Library of Victoria

Virus times a billion

Virus times a billion

Always an educational experience to be had at the State Library of Victoria. The interior was illuminated with magnified 3D renderings of various virus molecules; HIV, Herpes, Polio and Influenza.

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Check out photos from White Night Melbourne 2013.

White Night Melbourne 2013 Photos

White Night Melbourne

Laser lights of the Yarra River

White Night Melbourne is welcome addition to Melbourne’s arts calendar. Originating in Paris, the event saw the city is transformed into an all-night light show, with an estimated 300,000 people attending. While the crowds were overwhelming, there was plenty of entertainment throughout the night. I had a lot capturing the lights.

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