White Night spectacular heads to Bendigo for first time

Published: 6 August 2018

Bendigo will be transformed into a visual and cultural spectacular when White Night descends on the city for the first time on 1 September.

The program for the acclaimed event is now available, with the regional centre to receive a magical makeover by Artistic Director, David Atkins.

The event will pay homage to the city's rich history, from the Dreamtime stories of its Indigenous owners to its transformation during the gold rush.

The program will also have a distinctly local flavour with 40 per cent of commissioned artists and performers personally connected to Bendigo. Visitors will be introduced to the colourful characters and ghostly apparitions of Bendigo's Fortuna Villa as they are brought to life by Robert Parson's motion graphic installation, The Fortune Villa Story.

Bendigo's iconic 110-year-old trams will also take a starring role hosting the Tram Queens and a series of roving performers throughout the evening.

These highlights and many more new installations will combine with some returning favourites including the White Night Messenger and Bunjil the Creator, inspired by the artwork of Ballarat's Auntie and Indigenous Elder Marlene Gibson.

Bendigo is the second regional centre to host White Night after more than 60,000 people, including more than 15,000 from beyond the region, flocked to White Night in Ballarat earlier this year. The event generated more than $5 million for the local economy and similar results are expected in Bendigo.

White Night Bendigo will take place Saturday 1 September from 7:00pm and run until 2:00am.

For more information on the program and how to get there visit whitenight.com.au/bendigo.