White Night Melbourne has announced the appointment of Andrew Walsh AM as Artistic Director for the Event in 2016. Since its inception in 2013, Walsh has been the creative mastermind behind the spectacular White Night programming, showcasing local and international artists through Australia’s most celebrated cultural event.
“I am delighted to once again be leading the creative team to deliver White Night Melbourne, to transform the city into a magical artistic experience for all visitors to White Night Melbourne,” said Walsh.
“VMEC is delighted that Andrew will again lead the White Night Melbourne creative team to deliver this major cultural event,” said Brendan McClements, Chief Executive, Victorian Major Events Company. “White Night Melbourne has attracted more than 1.3 million attendees in its first three years and Andrew has been fundamental to this success.”
During his 30-year career, Mr Walsh has created some of the world’s most spectacular and memorable events including the widely acclaimed Centennial Ceremony for Australia’s Centenary of Federation, London’s Millennium celebrations and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. His creative vision and technical guidance has provided direction for hundreds of productions since he began working in Melbourne’s arts scene in the late 1970s.
Melbourne’s creative industries will rule the night from 7pm on Saturday 20 February to 7am on Sunday 21 February, with artists taking over city streets, major cultural institutions, public spaces, gardens, landmark buildings and laneways in a celebration of the city.
Expressions of interest are now open for performers, artists, businesses and organisations wanting to participate in White Night Melbourne 2016 For more information, visit: www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au for details.
Image: Andrew Walsh AM (supplied)