Bright time: Bendigo during the inaugural White Night.

 

Bendigo will be the only regional city involved in White Night in 2020 following an announcement by the state government.

The event was a roaring success in Bendigo last year, as a lights spectacular in the city centre was seen by thousands of residents and visitors.

White Night is taking place this year across three nights in Melbourne between August 22 and 24, with Ballarat chosen as the regional city to host the event.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke is excited to build on the success of last year’s event and is looking forward to 2020.

“We are thrilled there will be a White Night in Bendigo in 2020,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“We had the most successful White Night in terms of the numbers of people that came through for a first White Night,” she said.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said White Night helps Victoria come alive during the winter months.

“We’re excited to be bringing the White Night experience back to regional Victoria, taking this exciting experience right across the state and encouraging visitors to our fantastic regional centres,” Mr Pakula said.

Pall Mall, View Street and Charing Cross played a starring role in last year’s Bendigo White Night, with buildings displaying exhibitions and performances from a wide range of local talent.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley is excited about the new creative direction the night will embark on through its three night event this year.

“The new winter White Night will bring the best local and international experiences to Melbourne and regional Victoria – drawing visitors from far and wide to explore the fully immersive festival,” Mr Foley said