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White Night makes its regional debut

An image of the State Library of Victoria during the 2016 White Night event

The annual White Night festival is shaking things up in 2017 taking place over two iconic nights in two different settings. 

Firstly taking place in Melbourne on 18 February, the festival will then move on to regional Victoria taking place in Ballarat on 4 March.

Licensees participating in White Night may wish to extend their licensed hours for this special event.

How to apply:

Following registration with White Night organiser, licensees will need to apply to the VCGLR for a Major Event licence.

When to apply by:

Applications should be lodged with the VCGLR no later than Friday 23 December 2016.

Important conditions of Major Event licences

For the purposes of supporting the White Night events, conditions may be placed on Major Event licences that require a venue to provide food to patrons throughout the period of the licence and may apply to internal areas of a premises only.

Additional requirements for White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne will take place in the Melbourne CBD, where Ministerial Guidelines limit the supply of liquor after 1am by some licensees.

The VCGLR is satisfied that White Night Melbourne is a significant cultural and tourist event for the purposes of the Ministerial Guidelines. Applicants wishing to supply liquor after 1am must satisfy the VCGLR that:

  • the application is supported by the City of Melbourne
  • it has in place a Venue Management Plan in the form required by the VCGLR
  • it will comply with any food service conditions on the licence until alcohol service ceases.

More information

Further information about how to apply for a Major Event licence can be found on the Planning an Event page. Details about the festival can be found at White Night Melbourne  and White Night Ballarat  website.

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Article last modified 
29 October 2018