A Bevy of Beers: Melbourne’s Mi­cro­brew­eries

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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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on White Night Melbourne visit whitenight­mel­bourne.com.au. For White Night Ballarat visit whitenight­bal­larat.com.au

“The Medusa”.

Left: “Wadawur­rung Walk­ing with Waa”.

“Crate Ex­pec­ta­tions”.

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