Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, the Hon. Martin Pakula MP, was in Ballarat on Friday to announce the date for the next Ballarat White Night, which has been set for September 21, 2019.
“Last year White Night had about 60,000 people attending in the streets of Ballarat, with 15,000 of them coming from out of Ballarat,” Mr Pakula said.
“It’s wonderful for Ballarat’s economy, for the town generally, for the vibe on the streets of Ballarat – it is a wonderful event.”
Mr Pakula confirmed that in 2020-21 regional White Night would be held in Bendigo and Geelong.
City of Ballarat Mayir Cr Samantha McIntosh said there are few events that draw in more than half of our population into the CBD in one night.
“As a council, we’re extremely proud of the part we’ve played in getting White Night back to our city,” she said.
“It’s been wonderful to see White Night expand into regional Victoria over the past few years, showcasing to the world what a great place Victoria, and indeed Ballarat, is to visit. It’s events like White Night Ballarat which contribute to our growing reputation as one of Australia’s leading creative cities.”
Cr McIntosh added White Night Ballarat is a chance to use our beautiful city as a canvas to carry the creative works of others.
“The premise of White Night aligns completely with our Creative City Strategy, priorities which include introducing our wider community to the power of art,” she said.
“White Night is a wonderful platform to introduce newer generations and different audiences to creative thinking, and sharing our positive creative culture with our wider community.”