Bendigo ignited in a burst of art, light, performance and film for its first White Night Bendigo event on Saturday.

The organiser estimated the celebration captured the imagination of more than 60,000 people, celebrating art, creativity and community.

More than 50 projections, installations, performances, exhibitions and music featured in the streets, laneways, parks and landmark buildings in Bendigo’s CBD throughout the night.

Highlights included major projection works on iconic local buildings, such as Guerrilla Opera at the Capital Theatre, The Armistice on the Soldiers Memorial, Bush Poets on the Colonial Mutual Building and Bygone Bendigo presented by State Library Victoria.

Lantasia Lights in Rosalind Park intrigued audiences and was a great hit for the children and adults alike.

Bendigo artists wowed the crowds with Bendigo Live, an array of musical performances across various locations and Illumination Meditation, uniting communities at the Bendigo Town Hall.

Visit Victoria CEO Peter Bingeman said White Night in Bendigo was a major success, that far exceeded expectations.