White Night 2015

Where: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
What: All-Night Cultural Event
Website: White Night Melbourne

White Night
Flinders Street Station

If you could only be in Melbourne for one weekend, and want to see as much of the city as possible, choose White Night. From 7pm to 7am, parts of central Melbourne are lit up and dozens of  art installations, live performances and some truly bizarre stuff are on display.

Attracting well over half a million people, White Night is only in its third year, and the Andrews government has promised its continuation into the future. Like many artistic, and cultural events, it is very hard to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it.

Artistic projections adorned some of the city’s historic buildings while local and international artists displayed multimedia art installations. Oddly enough, while there was local and world music on display, it was a quiet night in Australia’s Live Music capital.

There were moments of true wonder. The inside of the State Library Dome, during the light show and musical accompaniment of ‘Eat Me’ (there was a recurring ‘Wonderland’ theme in many of the larger sites). The 4 Elements projections at the Royal Exhibition Building was something to behold. Conversely, there were a few places where I would give the installations a miss. There’s a lot of weird stuff, but art is, of course, subjective.

White Night
Exhibition Building

I rushed it, and got to all of the sites in the space of six hours. It’s a heck of a hike, up and down streets, right up to the Exhibition Building, and Museum, and down to the Queen Victoria Gardens. Walking from one end to another is 2.5 km, and the majority of the sites are in an area three blocks wide. I suggest you spread it out. Take time to sit and watch some musicians, enjoy some food, or just see something you never thought you’d see. White Night has something for everyone.

Introduction

Welcome to That Left Turn At Albuquerque, my attempt at a travel blog.

For the time being, I will be almost entirely focused on my home state of Victoria, Australia. Primarily Melbourne, and my hometown of Geelong, but I’ll try to get to Ballarat and Bendigo too, as well as some of the smaller, regional towns. My plan right now is to build content and a following, while my bank account builds up and I can travel overseas. I’m getting my camera fixed next week, and I’m going to get right into it, with White Night 2015 in Melbourne next weekend.

I’m still getting the hang of WordPress, so expect the theme to change a dozen times in the next few months, until I finally settle on one I like.  Not to mention all the nice little features that make a webpage that much easier to navigate. Bear with me.

Yes, I named my travel blog after something Bugs Bunny said.

Later days,

Cam.