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Wednesday, 1 August 2018


1st Aug 2018

TheAndrews Labor Government has released the program for White Night in Bendigo,which will transform the regional centre into a visual and cultural spectacularon 1 September.

Theacclaimed cultural event is descending on the city for the first time withDavid Atkins as Artistic Director. The event will pay homage to the city’s richhistory, from the Dreamtime stories of its Indigenous owners to itstransformation during the gold rush.

Theprogram will also have a distinctly local flavour with 40 per cent ofcommissioned artists and performers personally connected to Bendigo.

Visitorswill be introduced to the colourful characters and ghostly apparitions ofBendigo’s Fortuna Villa as they are brought to life by Robert Parson’s motiongraphic installation, The Fortune Villa Story.

Bendigo’siconic 110-year-old trams will also take a starring role hosting the TramQueens and a series of roving performers throughout the evening.

Thesehighlights and many more new installations will combine with some returningfavourites including the White Night Messenger and Bunjil the Creator, inspiredby the artwork of Ballarat’s Auntie and Indigenous Elder Marlene Gibson.

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

WhiteNight Bendigo will take place Saturday 1 September from 7:00pm and run until2:00am. For more information on the program and how to get therevisit

Quote attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events JohnEren

“I’mproud to launch the program for White Night in Bendigo. By taking this to newlocations we’re ensuring that regional Victoria shares in the $1.8 billion ourmajor events generate for Victoria.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Thisis great news for Bendigo with White Night expected to draw large crowds and generatebig economic returns for our city.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“I’mexcited to see White Night light up Bendigo for the first time. This year’sfestival program has a stellar line-up of artists and performances, and I lookforward to sharing the night with the wider Bendigo community.”

Quote attributable to City of Bendigo Mayor Margaret O’Rourke

“The City of Greater Bendigo cannot wait to host White Night.The program that has been put together is exciting with a range of fantasticinstallations and projections.”

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