Melbourne was bathed in lights last weekend when the all-night cultural festival White Night was held in the city.
More than 300,000 people flocked to the Australia-first event, with Citywide’s Traffic and Events team managing the entire night, ensuring the unexpectedly-high mass of patrons were able to navigate the various light shows and individual stages safely.
Feedback from organisers was overwhelmingly positive. Citywide was praised for the “fantastic job” they did and thanked by the organisers for the extra help they provided on the night.
Traffic and Events Manager Penny Pananis says the night required “a lot of work” but she was pleased to be involved in Melbourne’s inaugural white night.
“It took a lot of man-power and planning behind the scenes to ensure the night went well,” said Penny, “but we manage many events in Melbourne, including the New Year’s Eve, so it was really all in a night’s work”.
All night cultural festivals have been popular in cities around the world since Paris followed St Petersburg’s lead in 2001, holding their Nuit Blanche.
“Melbourne’s very own white night has truly catapulted the city on to the worldwide stage” said Penny.
With over 8o free events taking place around the city including food, music, food, film, art and light, it truly was a night like no other.