500,000 Party From Dusk To Dawn At Melbourne’s White Night Festival

Victoria’s capital transformed for amazing all-night festival.

1. Melbourne celebrated on mass during this weekend’s second annual White Night Festival.

2. For one night only, Melbourne’s streets, parks, laneways and landmarks were transformed in a dusk till dawn celebration of the city’s passions.

3. Thousands packed Federation Square.

4. An estimated crowd of 550,000 revelers easily topped the 300,00 who attended the inaugural White Night in 2013.

Nathan Dyer / Via Twitter: @theheraldsun

6. Flinders Street’s Wonderland projections were incredible.

7. Commentators argued that the spectacle could become Melbourne’s Notting Hill Carnival, Mari Gras and Love Parade: a night of “collective joy”.

W H I T E N I G H T #whitenightmelb | Morphological Adornment

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

8. Everywhere lights brought buildings alive.

The lights have been turned on #whitenightmelb

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

10. Melbourne’s famous laneways were PACKED.

11. At a time most are usually asleep, the city was ALIVE!

12. The Forum metamorphosized into Luna Park.

13. Something wonderful happened to the State Library.

Tonight it's the Psychedelic Library of Victoria #WhiteNightMelb

— 3AW Melbourne (@3AW693)

How do we look in stripes? #WhiteNightMelb #SoHotRightNow

— State Library of Vic (@Library_Vic)

16. The National Gallery of Victoria became The Tattooed City.

#mustsee Tattooed City on the NGV International Facade along St Kilda Rd. #whitenightmelb #melbourne #whitenight

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

17. Faces were spotted in trees.

#mustsee Monuments on the Yarra River is #outstanding meander down Boathouse Drive #whitenightmelb

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

19. There were all sorts of brilliantly baffling, beautiful things.

Hypnotic light cube because why not? #whitenightmelb

— Al Paton (@al_superfooty)

#mustsee Planetoids in Alexandra Gardens #amazeballs #whitenightmelb #whitenight

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

21. Purple Rain!

Pick up an umbrella this morning and walk through the Purple Rain in the @RMIT Alumni Courtyard #WhiteNightMelb

— WhiteNight Melbourne (@whitenightmelb)

22. Take a bow Melbourne, you looked amazing!

Until next year @Melbourne #whitenightmelb from @Eureka_Skydeck at 6.30am! @thats_melbourne @LordMayorMelb

— David Dusink (@seekwithdave)

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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