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  • White Night could need a white knight

    White Night could need a white knight

    In 2016 I wondered if Melbourne’s White Night was losing its shine. After attending this year’s event the doubts remain. Again, there were great sights at the bookends, but much less to observe in between, apart from buskers. There was also a similarity about some of the displays, and perhaps it could benefit from more reinvention. IMO the event was […]

     
     
  • Is Melbourne’s White Night losing its shine?

    Is Melbourne’s White Night losing its shine?

    I attended the first two White Night festivals in Melbourne and wrote ‘glowing’ accounts about them HERE and HERE, but was overseas for last year’s spectacle, the third. Apparently, organisers intended to address congestion concerns and disperse locations, but by all reports it was still a great White Night. So, I was keen to attend again this year, but have […]

     
     
  • Leisure on Labour Day at the Surf Coast

    Leisure on Labour Day at the Surf Coast

    In 1856, when working days were long and arduous, stonemasons and builders across Melbourne downed tools and marched to Parliament House and pushed for an eight-hour day. The rest, as they say, is history and everyone in Australia now enjoys the right to eight hours work, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest. This achievement is acknowledged in Victoria on […]

     
     
  • Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Nakhon Phanom, Lai Rua Fai

    Friday. The day before the illuminated procession… Boats, beauties and full moons. I walked down to the Mekong River early to watch the boat races the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT) said began at 7.30am, but there wasn’t a water vessel of any description in sight. TAT can be tourist misinformation sometimes, despite their best intentions. There was an alternative […]

     
     
  • State Library of Victoria. Classical music was performed inside the domed reading room. I met a Korean woman here around 5.30am - now living in Sydney, she flew down yesterday. Said she couldn't find accommodation, though I doubt Melbourne was booked out. She was doing a tour of the Great Ocean Road at 8am, so hopefully she was able to stay awake for it.

    White Night Melbourne

    White Night is a dusk-to-dawn celebration of art and culture that began in Paris in 2002 and has since spread to twenty-three other international cities. Though, the true inspiration apparently goes back further to a festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia – ‘white night’ describes the evenings at that latitude during the summer solstice when dusk lingers from sunset till dawn. […]

     
     
 
 

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