The Andrews Labor Government has released the program for White Night Bendigo, which will transform the regional centre into a visual and cultural spectacular on 1 September.
The acclaimed cultural event is descending on the city for the first time with David Atkins as Artistic Director. 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.
The Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said, “By taking this to new locations we’re ensuring that regional Victoria shares in the $1.8 billion our major events generate for Victoria.”
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.