Four years after its debut, White Night returns to Bendigo in September

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Four years after its debut, White Night returns to Bendigo in September

This famous free art festival is returning to Bendigo on September 3 2022.

The overnight art party that is White Night is back, making its colourful return to Bendigo this year, transforming the city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions with spectacular illuminated art and colourful projections.

Supported through the Andrews Labor Government’s Major Events Fund, the city will come alive for an extra special event this year after the pandemic forced White Night Bendigo to be postponed in 2020 and 2021.

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This visual feast and cultural event will descend on Bendigo on Saturday, September 3 with with tens of thousands of locals and visitors expected to attend the event and provide a significant boost to tourism businesses.

The program, directed by Joseph O’Farrell, will feature artists from the categories of installation, visual art, lighting, audio-visual, projection, film, music and performance. The theme will be ‘everything on the land is reflected in the sky’. Transforming the city through illumination, the program will capitalise on the best of Bendigo and elevate the city’s cultural and gastronomic credentials.

Coined a joyful, democratic take-over of the night, the return of White Night is a major coup for the city, arriving four years after its initial debut in the regional town in 2018 where it attracted more than 60,000 people and delivered a $5.5 million boost to the local economy.

“Welcoming back White Night to Bendigo is great news for locals, visitors and the region’s tourism and hospitality businesses that are set to benefit from this spectacular event,” says Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

Since the first White Night in Melbourne in 2013, the event has built a strong reputation as a vibrant and inclusive celebration of immersive art and community participation. The cultural event is also due to return to Geelong in 2022 and to light up Shepparton for the first time in 2022.

White Night adds to Bendigo’s strong cultural events offering with the city hosting an Australian exclusive exhibition, Elvis: Direct from Graceland, from 19 March to 17 July.

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