World renowned White Night returns to Geelong and Bendigo with a spectacularly bold after-dark program

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World renowned White Night returns to Geelong and Bendigo with a spectacularly bold after-dark program

Across Bendigo and Geelong, White Night will feature over 50 large-scale works comprising live music, projections, installations, video and more featuring over 300 local and international artists, 70% of which are based in regional Victoria.

From the light-beaming balconies of Bendigo to the glowing gardens of Geelong, the globally recognised late-night celebration of culture, art and music, White Night, has today revealed two creative programs that will bring every corner of each city’s past, present and future to life.

The much-loved overnight art party returns to beguile audiences in Bendigo and Geelong for the first time since 2018, transforming the streets with immersive projections, interactive installations, live music and street food.

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This year, the respective programs set to take place in Bendigo on Saturday 3 September and Geelong on Saturday 8 October are bigger, bolder, and bursting with creativity and colour in what will be a transformative celebration of these regional Victorian cities.


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This visual feast and cultural program for each city will take its own spin on this year’s theme ‘Everything on the land is reflected in the sky’, with private and public spaces invigorated with a surge of free and family-friendly programming.

The nights start with a ceremony by the Traditional Owners of the country on which the events take place providing a Welcome onto Country. These one night-only, all-ages events will reflect each city’s distinct passions and characteristics through inclusive celebrations of art, culture and community, for tens of thousands of locals and visitors alike.

“We are thrilled to transform the heart of both Bendigo and Geelong for two very special nights through the cultural celebration that is White Night,” says internationally acclaimed artist and Creative Director of White Night, Joseph O’Farrell (JOF).

“Audiences can expect to be wowed by a world-class lineup of stunning light displays, celestial oddities, street eats and powerful, diverse voices.”

Take a breath, and prepare to be wowed by this year’s dynamic and spectacularly bright program.

Geelong 2022 program highlights

White Night Geelong: Saturday 8 October, 7pm – 1am

Harnessing the industrial legacy of this unique city, White Night celebrates its automotive culture and celebrated design – Australia’s first city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design -with bold and bright artworks and music from across the Bellarine.

One such piece, Heavy Metal by JOFMAKESART, is a high-octane, thrilling performance  piece where across the night, a car is flattened by an industrial car crusher into a cube of  twisted metal, accompanied by the guitar riffs of two heavy metal, head-banging rock  musicians. 

The Electric Canvas again brings Johnstone Park to life with awe-inspiring projections  from First Nations artists Kait James, Billy-Jay O’Toole and Jenna Oldaker, whilst  Elements of Culture in partnership with Cultura Pako Festa celebrates the diversity of Geelong by projecting 40 portraits of community members, and Matt Bonner’s projection  Alignment at City Hall explores First People’s connection to the land and night sky. 

Carla O’Brien brings two of her distinct neon creations to Geelong with Neon Play the 3 / 3 Music, a set of glowing playable musical instruments, and Under the Neon Sea a magical  marine experience with neon sharks, dolphins, crabs and octopi on the Geelong Foreshore. More underwater creatures can be found at the waterfront, including the Elvers  – baby eels created by the UK’s Lantern Company – will glow brilliantly in the water. 

Steampacket Gardens transforms into an escape from the hustle and bustle in Imaginary  Botanicals by The Indirect Object and locals from Rosewall and Coverdale community  centres, where visitors can sit amongst the handcrafted flowers and listen to them sigh,  yawn and buzz. Elsewhere, it’s three of Geelong’s beloved icons that are doing the talking;  a carousel pony; a twin lion at City Hall; and the grand bandstand in Johnstone Park all  have a story to tell in The Object Monologues from Barking Spider Visual Theatre.  

Geelong Gallery will open its doors after hours as it comes alive with Barbara Brash’s  Holding Form, Brook Andrew’s Hope, Peace, and Paradise, Rose Nolan’s It’s Hard To  See What All This Means and the National Gallery Touring Exhibition Spowers and  Syme. Meanwhile, The Project Space will host a diverse exhibition of local and interstate  artists for On Screen featuring Some Days it Rains an animation by Leigh Hobba and  artists from James Street Gallery.  

Also at Deakin University’s Waterfront façade The Project Space, will be two  performances and an exhibition by Deakin alumni; the bodies of land-bound dancers are  reflected in an imagined sky world in Virtual Now; lost, borrowed, stolen and copied texts are sung, pitch-shifted, blended and performed in Fugue State; and an exhibition of 20 works by artists and designers who have gone through Deakin University’s Geelong-based creative arts and design programs in Sky’s the Limit

The thriving local music scene is celebrated with Homegrown Stage and Steampacket  Soundz where emerging and established artists from the Bellarine perform under the  stars. Meanwhile, Pop up Performers will perform along Western Beach Road, with  Funky Bunny, Darth Vader and DJ Dangerboots playing all night, and Drag City will  feature some of Australia’s best drag artists in an unforgettable medley of entertainment  and fun for everyone.  

Making a dazzling return to the White Night program, the magical golden creatures from  The Guardian and Unuscornu will inhabit Geelong. The inflatable gum nut flowers in  Bloom will transform Johnstone Park, whilst the giant tetrapods in Waves inflate and  deflate, the giant pulsating brain of Unplugged will enthral audiences and the local kids’  drawings in Colouring in Competition transform buildings with their brilliance.  

Bendigo 2022 program highlights

White Night Bendigo: Saturday 3 September, 7pm – 1am

Highlighting Bendigo’s unique gold rush era streetscapes, heritage trams, Chinese legacy and rich local music scene, White Night will enrich the UNESCO City of Gastronomy’s vibrant cultural constitution. From backstreets to balconies and trams to trucks, the whole city will be a stage for this year’s festivities.

Bringing the wow factor, The Electric Canvas scales Bendigo’s buildings, splashing them 2 / 3 with brilliant colours to bring them to life with stunning projections from First Nations artists  Troy Firebrace and Natasha Carter

A magical, golden, lion-like creature shimmering in crystal shards, The Guardian from  Melbourne-based A Blanck Canvas will roam the streets mesmerising audiences, as the  giant ten-metre-long puppet safeguards its kingdom.  


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The Cabaret Tram returns with a celebration of LGBTQI+ culture as Art Simone and  other leading drag artists dance the night away atop one of Bendigo’s iconic heritage  trams. Meanwhile, the Heritage Sounds Tram will bring the big brass for toe-tapping  

performances. In a tribute to Pop Asia, the cult celebrity host Andy Trieu hits the decks at  the Golden Dragon DJ Stage, to mix sets in front of Derek Ho’s White Rabbit Candy  Buffet, a mashup of highly saturated eye candy and classic Asian imagery. 

In true White Night style, neon floods the city, as Carla O’Brien’s glittering Neon Archway draws crowds into Rosalind Park, stepping through the multi-coloured portal where a Neon  Dog Park awaits, complete with glowing dogs playing fetch and wagging their tails.  Meanwhile, the more tranquil Yi Yuan Gardens are opened to the public and transformed  into an oasis of contemporary and traditional music performed in an intimate setting by  Zheng Ting Wang.  

Giving young people the opportunity to draw on the city they live in, Castlemaine based  Video Architecture uses vibrant digital colours in Colouring in Competition to project  local kids’ art onto their biggest canvas yet. Whilst an artist well acquainted with large-scale  installations, Turner Prize winning Martin Creed’s screenings of YOU RETURN. Work  No.1701 depict people of all stripes crossing a street in New York.  

Unplugged, a White Night commission for 2022 created by Airena, is a giant mind that  pulsates with electric neurons, asking audiences to examine what it means to be  connected. 

Unuscornu, sees a nine-metre-high unicorn head pulse with light. Created by Airena in  solidarity with LGBTQI+ communities during the plebiscite on marriage equality,  Unuscornu shines as a spectacular beacon of hope to all who see it. 

The Indirect Objects inflatable gum nut flowers in Bloom create a still space in Rosalind  Park to tune out of the city and into the meditative soundscape of native bush; and Susie  Losch’s Waves sees giant tetrapods undulate like waves breaking on the coastline.  

Also in Rosalind Park, audiences can view Faces of Djarra – projected into the park’s  trees. Faces of Djarra is a celebration of determination, resilience and presence that  reflects the faces of local Traditional Owners. 

An installation from Chunxiao Qu will transcribe her short poems from intimate  observations into illuminated public art on the façade of La Trobe Art Institute. An artist  doesn’t need a label explores the words and phrases written in English and Mandarin,  that examine the world around her. 

Far more than a festival of light, White Night’s flurry of fluro is set to the sounds of  Bendigo’s best live music. Local bands perform on the back of a vintage Dodge for  Homegrown Stage, whilst Capital Music sees the steps of the Capitol Theatre taken over  by blues and roots and View Street Carnival’s program of music transports audiences to  New Orleans.  

For those looking to follow their feet and dance in the street, the Dance, Dance, Dance!  Stage will see local dance and community groups teach crowds a diverse range of moves  from hip hop to Bollywood to Salsa and more at a bespoke stage in Pall Mall.  


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White Night (Nuit Blanche) was originally conceived in Paris in 2002 and celebrates its  twentieth year this October. In 2013 White Night Melbourne was staged for the first time for  Australian audiences, with 300,000 people enjoying the event.

White Night Melbourne took  place in 2019 for the last time and since then, it has been held in regional Victoria in  Shepparton (2022,) Ballarat (2017 – 2019), Bendigo (2018), and Geelong (2018).  

This year’s Bendigo and Geelong White Night celebrations have been conceived and  curated to celebrate the many and varied cultural gems burgeoning beyond Melbourne. A  night-time event like no other, this experience will inspire friends and families from near  and far to embrace the wonders of regional Victoria like never before. 

White Night Bendigo takes place Saturday 3 September from 7pm – 1am, and White Night Geelong takes place Saturday 8 October from 7pm – 1am. Head here for more information.