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http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/melbourne-captured-by-the-charm-of-white-night-20130223-2ey3q.html

From The Age

Melbourne captured by the charm of White Night

February 23, 2013 Debbie Cuthbertson, Kylie Northover

MELBOURNE'S inaugural all-night cultural festival White Night attracted a crowd of more than 300,000 people to the city centre, organisers say. Artistic director Andrew Walsh he was extremely pleased with the turnout and the behaviour of those who attended. "What we saw last night was a city transformed, a crowd beyond our wildest imagination and experiences to match," Walsh said. "No city in Australia has ever seen anything like White Night." _______________________________________________________________ The city was absolutely packed with people, a very, very popular event! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so I'm hoping someone on this forum did attend with camera and can post some photos for us. cool
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http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/almost-600000-take-part-in-white-night-mel...

Almost 600,000 Take Part In White Night Melbourne 2017

19 February 2017

Almost 600,000 people took to the streets of Melbourne overnight for the fifth instalment of White Night Melbourne.

The city was transformed into a creative wonderland that saw giant rabbits and jellyfish move in to the Alexandra Gardens, sea dragons swimming under the State Library dome and a flame-throwing musical instrument straight out of Mad Max take over the plaza at Melbourne Museum.

Visitors took part in more than 120 free events including live music marathons at Federation Square and the Bourke Street Mall, pop up cinema on Lonsdale St, ballroom dancing on Collins St and world music at Birrarung Marr celebrating the 140 cultures that call Melbourne home.

Projections enlivened city buildings and inside people burned the midnight oil while taking in exhibitions such as David Hockney and Victor&Rolf at the National Gallery of Victoria, the 40 years of Triple R at State Library Victoria, ACMI’s Screen Worlds and the new children’s gallery at Melbourne Museum.

The expanded northern precinct around Carlton Gardens, and southern precinct around Alexandra Gardens helped to keep crowds moving and Victoria Police reported no major incidents.

Melbourne hotels reported a surge and restaurants, cafes and bars and retailers also stayed open with attendees injecting millions of dollars into the economy. White Night Melbourne 2016, attended by 580,000 people, brought in $16 million.

The event was the first White Night to be delivered by Melbourne-born dancer, choreographer and producer, David Atkins, the mastermind behind spectacular international events such as the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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