BENDIGO will have its own Priscilla: Queen of the Desert moment during its first White Night, with drag queens set to perform aboard the city’s heritage trams.
The Tram Queens are a highlight of the program, which will light up the Bendigo CBD from 7pm – 2am on September 1.
Other distinctly Bendigonian features include ‘The Fortuna Villa Story,’ which delves into the property’s mystique and projects elements of its history and mythology onto the T & G Building on View Street.
Artistic director David Atkins said almost half of the works would feature local artists and performers.
“White Night Bendigo embraces live performance, massive projections on Bendigo’s iconic landmark buildings, and artistic installations in the venues and surrounding parklands of your cultural precinct,” he said.
“Additionally, White Night will join with Bendigo’s Enlighten Festival on Saturday night to expand on the programming even further,” he said.
“White Night Bendigo is going to embrace and promote Bendigo’s cultural community, artists and performers in an unprecedented manner.”
Buildings in Charing Cross will be among those to be illuminated with projections.
Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the city could not wait to host White Night.
“The program that has been put together is really exciting, with a range of fantastic installations and projections,” she said.
“It is going to be a wonderful event for our residents and we look forward to welcoming fans of White Night from across Victoria.”
BENDIGO will become the second regional Victorian city to host White Night when the event is staged on September 1.
More than 50 works are planned for the seven hour event, which takes place in the Bendigo CBD from 7pm – 2am.
Festivities will span the area from Dudley House, through Rosalind Park to the Bendigo Library and town hall; and across from Bath Lane to the Conservatory Gardens and McCrae Street.
Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said she was excited to see White Night light up Bendigo for the first time.
“This year’s festival program has a stellar line-up or artists and performances, and I look forward to sharing the night with the wider Bendigo community,” she said.
White Night in Ballarat injected more than $5 million into the city’s economy.
Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan expected the Bendigo’s White Night to draw large crowds and generate big economic returns.
About 40,000 people flocked to Ballarat in 2017 for the first regional Victorian White Night. A further 20,000 people turned out for the Ballarat’s second White Night earlier this year.
About a quarter of this year’s 60,000 attendees came from outside the region.
“By taking this to new locations, we’re ensuring regional Victoria shares in the $1.8 billion our major events generate for Victoria,” Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren said.
While some features of the Bendigo program bear similarities to White Night elsewhere, artistic director David Atkins said next month’s event would be a celebration of the city’s community, culture, and history.
Bendigo program highlights
VIEW STREET AREA AND ROSALIND PARK
The White Knight Messenger, a White Night icon, will be roving the streets of Bendigo. Nature-inspired lanterns by The Lanternist will illuminate Rosalind Park. The Bendigo Brass Band will perform at the rotunda within the park. A White Night favourite, Metamorphosis, will also be staged in the gardens, near Pall Mall.
Visitors to the Bendigo Trades Hall will have the opportunity to shape a story as part of Write Away Bendigo. Also at the trades hall, a live drawing performance called Envisage.
A number of events are planned for the vicinity of the Capital Theatre, including Guerilla Opera outside the venue. Inside the theatre, Henriette Kassay-Schuster will screen a three channel video capturing the nostalgia of the Coburg Drive-In, Pentridge Prison Village, and the former Kodak factory site in Melbourne. Room 264 – a film inspired by the experience of arriving in a new place, alone – will also be presented at the theatre.
Chandeliers will be installed in Dudley House. Inside the Engine Room, people will have the opportunity to interact with an installation called Head in the Clouds.
The Fortuna Villa Story will be projected onto the T & G Building at View Street.
A silent disco is among the attractions to be offered as part of Bendigo Art Gallery and Visitor Centre Presents. An eight-metre tall space man will be stationed outside the art gallery, in the gardens, for Calling Occupants.
Illuminated, electronic flowers will occupy a part of the arts precinct for Enlightened Disciples. Altar to the Future, another work by Skunk Control, will be located nearby.
Musical performances will be staged on the balconies and verandahs of buildings along View Street.
CHARING CROSS AREA
Projections will illuminate the facades of buildings in the Charing Cross precinct.
A selfie station will be established near the intersection of Pall Mall and Mitchell Street.
Neon Angel Wings will be installed in front of the Bendigo Bank building.
In the Queen’s Gardens on Pall Mall, an artwork bearing the name of Bunjil will light up the night sky.
A live music stage will be established in Rosalind Park, showcasing the talents of Bendigo bands.
PALL MALL, HARGREAVES MALL AND BULL STREET AREA
The Armistice – Victoria Remembers, a tribute to service men and women, is arranged for the Soldiers Memorial Institute.
An artwork called Into the Night will adorn the entrance to the Bendigo Visitor Centre. The Secret Life of Buildings, a projection featuring iconic images from decades past, will take place on the north west facade on the post office building.
Lanterns created by Sri Lankan families in Bendigo to celebrate the festival of Vesak inspire Illumination Meditation, an installation in the Bendigo Town Hall.
Tram Queens will be stationed the intersection of Pall Mall and Williamson Street.
Shadow puppetry and its role in telling traditional Indonesian stories inspire Wayang Shadow Play, arranged for the Myer loading dock, off Williamson Street.
On Pall Mall, Airing My Laundry will bring new meaning to hanging out the washing.
A Groove Tram will host a DJ and is arranged for the intersection of Bull and Williamson streets.
A 14-metre tall artwork called Tara the Liberator will be exhibited in the Bendigo Town Hall.
See the full program at whitenight.com.au/bendigo.