WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE 2014 Kicks Off Saturday 22 February

WHITE NIGHT MELBOURNE 2014 Kicks Off Saturday 22 February

In just 20 days, streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions spanning eight city blocks will burst into life overnight with 50 events and activities added to the White Night Melbourne programme.

More than 100 free events and activities now make up the dusk-til-dawn line-up, which will transform Melbourne's streets into a thriving cultural playground.

The first event of its kind in Australia, White Night Melbourne is a State Government of Victoria initiative inspired by the international network of Nuit Blanche cities around the world. The newest event on the enviable Victorian calendar of major events showcases Melbourne's music, art, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performance.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said "With more than 100 activities to enjoy and many of Melbourne's iconic buildings and public spaces opening their doors for you to explore, White Night is a chance for Melburnians, Victorians and visitors to our State to experience our amazing city in a whole new way."

The event, which runs from 7pm on Saturday 22 February to 7am on Saturday 23 February, expands significantly this year to include 11 precincts, ranging from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road, to the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne City Baths and the Melbourne Museum. It stretches from Southbank Boulevard to Victoria Street and from Elizabeth Street to Russell Street.

White Night Melbourne's Creative Director Andrew Walsh AM said the size and scope of the programme would provide something for everyone in the genres of music, fashion, film, design, art, sport and performance.

"Explore laneways by night, watch light displays in the sky, listen to music or get involved in a street performance," Mr Walsh said.

"With more than 100 events across so many different genres, there really is something to suit every possible interest. Many events are designed to suit families and most are offered free-of-charge."

Highlights added to the White Night Melbourne program include:

NORTHERN LIGHTS MUSIC STAGE ARTISTS

Programmed by Ali Bird. From psychedelic pop to dance electric, country/folk to metronomic percussion, listen to Melbourne's finest, wildly entertaining bands from psychedelic pop to dance electric, country/folk to metronomic percussion. Discover local talent with an international flavour as a broad spectrum of artists explodes onto the main stage. Programmed by Ali Bird, an impressive talent bursting with energy and flair, who brought the incredibly popular Morning Ritual to Melbourne Music Week. Bandsinclude Client Liaison, Teeth & Tongue, Fraser A. Gorman, Baptism Of Uzi, Black Cab, Beaches, Lost Animal and The Cactus Channel and The Murlocs.

ARCADIAN REVERIE

Curated by Anais Lellouche (former Centre Pompidou-Metz and Nuit Blanche Paris), Queen Victoria Gardens is transformed into an experience of nature sublimated by artistic imagination. An exceptional ensemble of international and Australian artists create innocuous creatures and atmospheres in a historic botanical park. Walk through immersive works across light, film, sculpture and music activating and transforming the vast natural environment. The versatility of works gathered attest to the garden as a fertile source of inspiration for artists to interpret the natural surroundings. Artworks include:

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT - Martin Creed (UK):

Born in England, Martin Creed has exhibited extensively worldwide with recent major solo exhibitions and projects at various institutions including The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada and Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou-Metz and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art and Tate Britain.

Man-High Fishy-Eyed Surf, 2013 - George Egerton-Warburton: Photographic and sculptural series

Büsi - Fischli & Weiss (Switzerland): The 2001 film presents a close-up of a cat, lapping milk out of a bowl. By disclosing the pet's contempt, the artists invite viewers to remember what natural pleasures can provide.

Bomarzo, 2011 - Laurent Grasso (France) - Laurent Grasso's work was filmed in the gardens at Bomarzo, also known as the 'Park of Monsters' (Parco dei Mostri) built by Count Vicino Orsini around 1550 in the province of Viterbo, Italy. The park houses extravagant sculptures illustrating mythological themes and characters, several of them inspired by the Dream of Poliphilus.




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