White Night Geelong and Bendigo has been postponed until 2022

White Night Geelong and Bendigo has been postponed until 2022

The famous free art festival won't run in regional Victoria in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The overnight art party that is White Night won’t be going ahead in 2021 as the ongoing restrictions and lockdowns continue to impact the Australian arts and events sector.

The colourful event that was due to go ahead in Geelong and Bendigo has been cancelled for 2021, now postponed until 2022.

The key takeaways

  • White Night Geelong and Bendigo has been postponed for 2021
  • The event was slated to take to the regional towns in Spring this year
  • New 2022 dates for the events have yet to be announced

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The visual feast and cultural event was slated to descend on Bendigo on October 2 and Geelong on November 6 with not only bright installations, but also music, performance, art, culinary experiences, and interactive works from local, national, and international artists.

The state’s official tourism body, Visit Victoria, says that the decision to postpone will give artists, suppliers and regional communities certainty moving forward, and reinforces Visit Victoria’s commitment to White Night. The organisation is working with regional partners to ensure White Night occurs in 2022 with dates to be announced next year.

Coined a joyful, democratic take-over of the night, having White Night go ahead in 2022 is crucial for the city, with its regional Victorian debut back in 2018 attracting more than 70,000 people to the Geelong CBD and delivering an economic impact of $6.1 million to the region.

Since its debut, the hosting role of White Night has been shared across regional cities including Ballarat and Bendigo, continuing its success in Victoria’s regional centres and bringing to life its architecture, contemporary art scenes and gourmet food and wine.

For more info, visit White Night’s website.