AN impressive line-up of musicians and performers will feature at the 2018 White Night Ballarat.
White Night Ballarat artistic director David Atkins, along with artists, musicians and performers, will once again transform the city through installations, lighting, exhibitions and interactive performances when the one-night event returns on 17 March.
This week the final component of the 2018 program, which profiles the entertainment line-up, was announced.
This year’s band stage will feature performances by Stella Savy, Melbourne Djembe, Shirazz, Orange Whip, Better Than The Wizards, Laki Vallejo and Paige Duggen, with the BAPA Musical Theatre Students, vocal acapella group Helena Plazza and Drag Queen’s led by Art Simone and Philmah Bocks also appearing throughout the night.
The 2018 White Night Ballarat program, which has been extended to include the Armstrong Street precinct, has also doubled in size and features a stronger Ballarat flavour than ever before.
Many of Ballarat’s heritage buildings will be brought to life through colourful projections to reflect the 2018 Creative Theme: “And the Sun sank again on the great Australian bush, the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much that is different from things in other lands.” Henry Lawson A highlight this year will be The Eagle – an LED animation of the Bunjil, inspired by the artwork of Ballarat’s Indigenous Auntie and elder Marlene Gilson.
Local artist Stuart Walsh will create Ghosts of Eureka a large-scale mural which aims to pay homage to the Eureka Stockade.
Other local artists, including Cameron Ross, Lou Callow, Esther Konings-Oakes, Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling, Skyline Drone Imagine and Margi Balazic will also feature works.
The program of projections is set to extend further than the city’s buildings, with an innovative new work by Giovanna Inserra featuring a series of eyes projected onto Sturt Street’s trees.
The Ballarat Town Hall will also be transformed into an electric canvas celebrating Ballarat’s past through black and white images.
The popular White Night Messenger will return, joined by new roaming sculptures including the Utility Kinetic Insect (UKI) by Pelican Studios and the stilt structure Bird Men.
The free community event will be expanded throughout more of the CBD’s streets and laneways over a seven-hour period.
The inaugural White Night Ballarat in March 2017 drew crowds of 40,000 who filled the streets and adjoining laneways of Sturt and Lydiard.
White Night Ballarat returns to the region on 17 March 2018 between 7pm-2am.
For more information about the program, visit: whitenight.com.au/ballarat City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh said the extensive list of musicians and performers adds to a splendid program of entertainment set to feature on an international scale at the second White Night event in Ballarat this March.
“With a staggering 60 per cent of the work dedicated to artists and performers who hold a connection to Ballarat, it’s events such as White Night which continue to inspire a strong sense of pride among our community,” she said.
“White Night contributes to our reputation as a City of the Arts, and it’s high-quality program of artistic offerings such as the 2018 program which help showcase our creative industries for the world to see, as well as, contributing to our growing arts economy.
“Ballarat residents and visitors are in for a splendid seven hours of entertainment lead by the talented David Atkins, and I have no doubt 17 March will be a night everyone will be talking about for some time.”