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“We are adding some new components, bringing back a couple of really popular works and introducing some more fun activities, especially for children.”
Given Ballarat White Night is new this year it’s more of an unknown, but with such beautiful buildings to work with and a fascinating history Atkins is extremely confident his program will both entertain and captivate.
“White Night is all about showcasing Victoria’s renowned arts, culture, entertainment and cutting edge technology’ he said. In 2017 Melbourne will light up once more as visitors from around the world are treated to a party like no other. Ballarat will have its CBD illuminated like never before.”
Highlights of the White Night Melbourne program include the monstrous fire-erupting “Pyrophone Juggernaut” at the Melbourne Museum Plaza. The largest hand-operated, multi-octave, fire organ in the world, it’s built entirely from reclaimed metal and industrial salvage. The metallic beast will bellow unearthly music of heart pounding rhythms powered by jets of erupting flame.
Flinders Street buildings will come alive from The Forum Theatre to Chapter House with Electric Canvas’ “Fractured Fairytales” projections, a selection of children’s favourite fairytales, inspired by the “Shrek” films and the original “Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoons of the 60s and 70s.
The domed La Trobe Reading Room at the State Library of Victoria is being transformed into an epic underwater 360-degree spectacular with “Seadragon’s Lair”.
“Sheree Marris, Brad May and Lisa Greenway have created a world-class animation with soundscapes and underwater cinematography to create a living canvas in Melbourne’s own marine metropolis,” Atkins said.
A returning past favourite is a 12-hour dance marathon on Collins Street. “Swing City” will be set to the swinging sounds of big band music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, courtesy of big-band legend John Morrison, and everyone is invited to join in.
Birrarung Marr will burst to life with Alex Sanson’s flower-like kinetic sculpture of vast proportions, “Spherophyte”, which unfurls before audience’s eyes. “As you gaze into the beauty of the giant ‘Spherophyte’ the 48 moving arms come alive under lights, ‘breathing’ in an endless, effortless cycle, folding and unfolding as shapes intersect, combine and dissolve,” Atkins explained.
The Pitcha Makin Fellas are presenting a collection of 24 portraits celebrating Indigenous faces of Ballarat at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Creative studio John Fish has created a majestic sky jellyfish, “The Medusa”, which will float above Hosier Lane.
Highlights of the White Night Ballarat program include Nights of Gold which explores the nightlife of Ballarat during its “roaring days” of the gold rush.
“The Electric Canvas is presenting an architectural projection across several prominent buildings along Lydiard Street, encompassing three distinct themes relating to mid-1800s nightlife in Ballarat,” Atkins explained.
“Wadawurrung Walking with Waa” invites festival goers to take a walk through time from the Aboriginal Creation Story to the present day.
“Crate Expectations” is a playful robotic sculpture made from vintage packing crates, moving furniture and disembodied limbs, which will perform choreography of warped sound and sequenced lighting to draw audiences from the dark night into its warm, dreamlike glow. “Crate Expectations” will roll through the streets, seeking out and responding to audiences throughout the night.
“More Than 1 Nation” is a collaboration that sees the patterns and colours of the Pitcha Makin Fellas’ paintings, cut outs and stamps transposed by The Electric Canvas onto the former Bank of NSW building in Ballarat, constructing a visually beautiful tale of redemption, honour, triumph and renewal.
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