Last night Melbourne hosted its first “White Night”!
White Night was founded in Paris in 2002, and since then has popped up in numerous other European cities, and has now made its way to Melbourne, arguably the most European city in Australia.
White Night included free music and theatre performances, art installations, light shows and street hawker food. Bars and restaurants in the area remained open all night too. The warm Melbourne air and festival atmosphere reminded me of New Years Eve in Melbourne city (I was in chilly Barcelona last NYE so I desperately missed this vibe).
The most memorable thing about last night was the sheer volume of people in Melbourne. Roughly a square kilometre of the CBD was pedestrianised, including across the river and the NGV area, and it became impossible to move freely around the main street- 330,000 people were estimated to have attended White Night, 2013.