White Night – a guide to getting started

The weekend is finally here! Here are our top tips for White Night Melbourne, whether you’re with family or friends.

Top five family events

Intrude by Amanda Parer

You can’t possibly go wrong when there are giant, inflatable white bunnies involved. Springing into White Night Melbourne for the first time, these puffy rabbits have been hopping around the globe invading festivals, museums and public spaces. Head to Alexandra Gardens to check out this humorous, light-hearted installation.

Three huge inflatated white rabbits on a grassy plain

Intrude by Amanda Parer at Alexandra Gardens

Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for kids

An interactive space at NGV International, Atelier gives kids the chance to create their own fashion accessories, inspired by Viktor & Rolf’s towering designs and timeless style. Children are welcome to wear their creations in a very special portrait, which can be shared with friends and family.

Lonsdale Lounge Cinema

Snag a plush lounge at the Lonsdale Lounge Cinema (on Londsdale Street), with family-friendly films screening from 7pm until 11pm. Works will include short films, animations and features.

People sitting in armchairs in front of a screen on a city street

Lonsdale Lounge Cinema

Video Game Mixtape

A ‘pixel perfect’ event, the Video Game Mixtape is a mega retro gameplay experience that takes you back to ’80s arcade culture. Featuring 15-second challenges from 230 8-bit games, the gallery level at ACMI will be temporarily turned into a gamer’s paradise. Come to win!

Children’s Gallery

The swanky new Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum is perfect for babies and toddlers up to five years old. Nearby, check out the First Peoples Exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre or the dancing ‘Rhythms of the Night’ light show at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Top five events for friends

Sonic Light Bubble by Eness

Found at the Carlton Gardens, the Sonic Light Bubble is dotted with glittering, shiny LED spots which interact with you as a synthetic organism. Warm, inviting and visually delighting – this 360-degree, responsive spectacle boasts sound and multi-colours.

Sonic Light Bubble by Eness at Carlton Gardens

Sonic Light Bubble by Eness at Carlton Gardens

Fractured Fairytales

Flinders Street will be crawling with your favourite fairytales inspired by Shrek and Rocky and Bullwinkle. Projected along an iconic strip of Flinders Street from the Forum Theatre to Chapter House, this spectacular visual display includes twists and clever messages before a happily ever after.

Purple Rain by Pierre Ardouvin

An unforgettable sensory experience utilising realistic sound and breathtaking visual design, Purple Rain is set to be a White Night favourite. A nod to Prince’s classic hit, this encompassing experience on Little Lonsdale Street promises a lilac-coloured shower as you stand beneath a transparent umbrella.

Home Less by Chase Burns

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral for a poignant critique of the increasing wealth gap in Australia. This deeply compassionate projection by Chase Burns displays a woman leaning against a wall as passers-by bustle along. In her dreams she’s weightless and free. Above the city streets she finds home.

Swing City by VicHealth

The ultimate dance marathon is here, with the swinging sounds of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s filling Collins Street. Social dances, crowd tuition and demonstrations will be staggered through the night, along with community dance groups strutting their stuff. Dance into the night, outlast your competition and grab yourself a prize!

White Night Melbourne runs from 7pm Saturday 18 February to 7am Sunday 19 February 2017.