Geelong has celebrated its first ever White Night, with more than 70,000 people flocking to the city centre for a coming together of art, creativity and community.
The spectacular event featured more than 50 projections, installations, performances, exhibitions and live music acts in the streets, laneways and parks of central Geelong.
Highlights included 'Siren Songs', a projection onto the sails of yachts on Corio Bay, and 'The Armistice – Victoria Remembers' at Geelong City Hall.
Johnstone Park was filled to capacity with multiple projections, performances, and installations.
Local performers and musicians featured on four stages across the precinct, with Garage Band 1 and their six-metre spaceman backdrop rocking Gheringhap Street from the roof of the Bus Port Carpark.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
White Night was fantastic for our local community, who embraced the event and turned out in huge numbers to see central Geelong brought to life in spectacular fashion. It's also given tourism and our local economy a major boost, with accommodation close to capacity and our restaurants and bars doing a heavy trade.
David Atkins, White Night Artistic Director:
A delegation of Malaysian media and Air Asia staff is in town ahead of the
launch of international flights to Avalon Airport, and White Night provided an
incredible opportunity to showcase what our city is all about. This is sure to
result in valuable positive coverage into the south-east Asian market.
Our thanks to the state government, Visit Victoria, Creative Victoria and David Atkins Enterprises for their vision and hard work to make White Night Geelong a reality. The City of Greater Geelong was proud to offer support via Geelong Major Events funding.
The artists and performers in Geelong delivered an exceptional display that had audiences captivated throughout the evening.
The mood was friendly and community-focussed, with families taking advantage of the perfect weather and actively engaging with both the program and each other.
Geelong’s waterfront and maritime history distinguished this White Night, reimagining Victoria’s largest regional city through art and performance.
I’d like to thank the Victorian state government, Visit Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong for their continuous support.