Thursday, February 27, 2014

Melbourne's White Night

Last weekend I got the chance to attend Melbourne's White Night.  This year was the second night for the event - last year they estimated about 300,000 people attended.  But this year they anticipated a lot more - they estimate that 500,000+ attended this year.

Waiting for the sun to set

White Night is a night festival held in Melbourne's CBD.  Areas were sectioned off to traffic (and thank goodness, because not even all the people could fit!).  The event had small districts divided into themes, all with the element of light.  There were huge projectors set up on each street that cast a facade onto each building wall.  It make the buildings appear as if they had been completely redecorated - and in the brightest colors!  Lots of them were dynamic with moving images.

The National Gallery became the "Tattooed City" with images of tattoos both zoomed in and on various people.  They showed the most intricate and colorful tattoos - it was by far my favorite exhibit.

Across the street in the park there were small screens set up with short films playing on them.  They were all super weird contemporary art films - I guess I just don't get art, but it was still interesting to see.  Overlooking the river you could see people walking around the decorated buildings.  Lots of people wore light-up glasses and necklaces, glow-in-the-dark jewelry and makeup and I can't even begin to count the number of sequined outfits I saw.  It was very colorful and stimulating - lots of energy in the middle of the crowd.

Finders Street Station

At about 11, the crow really swelled in front of Flinders Street.  I had a few moments where I was actually concerned.  It was shoulder to shoulder people, the crowd was constantly pushing from behind and sometimes there was no option to move forward.  I enjoyed looking at the lights, but I was glad to be done with the crowd at the end of the night.

More awesome photos of White Night can be found here:

All in all, a great Melbourne experience and a fun evening!!

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