I and some friends motored from Geelong to Ballarat to be part of White Night. This is the first time the White Night event has come out of Melbourne to a regional city. Judging by the crowds there, wall to wall people in several streets, the event was a resounding success.
The highlight for me was the Electric Canvas. This used Ballarat’s beautiful heritage buildings to project colourful images.
There was live entertainment both on stage and on the streets. At one point the cast from Cats, which was playing at Her Majesty’s theatre in Lydiard Street, came out in character and interacted with the crowd, to the delight of the children.
Interactive art pieces could be found in some of the little lane ways. The White Knight Messenger an awesome 5.5-metre high interactive archangel roamed the streets.
In Camp Street there was the Ballarat Lounge Cinema. This open air cinema had large lounges and seats provided to watch short films.
And if after taking in all the wonderful activities you were need of a coffee or food, there were a number of food trucks and a lot of the local cafes open until the wee hours.
I hope Ballarat does it again next year. It was easy to get to and the crowd although larger than I had expected was still easy to get around. Well done Ballaarat.