Ballarat will once again host its own taste of Melbourne’s late-night White Night magic when the regional city plays host to a one-night-only spectacular of light and sound on Saturday, September 21.
Themed around the idea of lighting ‘a spark’, White Night Ballarat 2019 promises to mesmerise after dark revellers like never before, with more than 59 unique experiences across a diverse range of mediums lighting up Ballarat’s iconic buildings and cultural institutions in celebration of reclaiming and re-imagining the city through projections, installations, performance and music. Proving to be the most ambitious program yet, visitors will witness international spectacles, local creations and even some of the most exciting parts of Melbourne’s White Night Reimagined program. It’s truly shaping up to be phenomenal!
The projections and video mapping installations we have come to know and to love will return across iconic Ballarat buildings, including ‘Deadly Questions’ which features the voices of Aboriginal Victorians and will showcase the artwork of award-winning local artist Wathaurung (Wadawarrung) Elder Marlene Gilson, and Iris by 3dsense, a dynamic installation featuring a large-scale projection of a human iris. A spark will come alive in Harry Potter fans, as images from and inspired by the record-breaking theatrical hit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, are projected onto one of Ballarat’s famous gold rush buildings, featuring the work of English artist and illustrator Peter Strain inspired by the Patronus Charm, Expecto Patronum!
Audiences will also witness the breath-taking sight of The Guardian walking Ballarat’s main street, Lydiard Street. An imposing creature reminiscent of a giant lion (made from seven talented puppeteers), the Guardian saunters through Ballarat, safeguarding its kingdom and maintaining order.
This year, revellers can also get hands-on and express themselves with LED water at Antonin Fourneau’s Waterlight Graffiti. Made up of a wall of LED lights that illuminate when they come into contact with water and go dark as it evaporates, all are invited to pick up a brush (or a spray bottle) and play in Ballarat!
A crew of emerging and established local special-needs artists will show From Feelings, a series of works inspired by the ways in which words can hurt our feelings; while one of the world’s best aerial acts will explore the uncharted space between street level and rooftops for Heliosphere, creating the illusion of flying.
To top off the sparkling program, two iconic vehicles from the feature film Mad Max Fury Road, the Oldsmobile Polecat and the Razor Cola Falcon, will emerge as a stand-alone exhibition display on the streets of Ballarat when the after-dark celebration comes to town this month. Petrolheads, movie buffs, and kids of all ages are going to have their 15minutes of fame posing in front of these extraordinary vehicles.
Throw in the glittering extras of roving entertainment and live tunes across three performance locations, and you’ll find yourself happily re-imagining art, culture and creativity until White Night wraps up at 2am.
White Night Ballarat will take place from 7pm to 2am on Saturday the 21st September. The “A Spark” programme can be found online via whitenight.com.au/ballarat