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Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night to merge

White Night Melbourne will happen in winter this year before it is absorbed into a new festival in 2020.

White Night Melbourne will happen in winter this year before it is absorbed into a new festival in 2020.Credit:Luis Ascui

With the combined budgets of both White Night and MIAF, Mr Orton said the new offering would not only be “bigger than the sum of its parts” but also bigger than other state festivals around the country.

A new artistic director and creative team to helm the event are set to be announced “in the next two to three months”, he said, with incumbent MIAF artistic director Jonathan Holloway announcing his final program on July 16.

David Atkins Enterprises, which has run White Night since 2017, also finishes its tenure this year after it delivers ‘White Night Reimagined’ in late August shortly before MIAF in October.

The previously announced, one-off winter version of White Night, which is shaping up to be a taster of the broader 2020 winter festival, replaces the original all-night art party format with three nights of events and a midnight or 2am curfew. The program is yet to be announced but expanded food “events” and major music concerts have been mooted.

Former MIAF artistic director Robyn Archer is cautiously optimistic about the new plans for the festival.

Former MIAF artistic director Robyn Archer is cautiously optimistic about the new plans for the festival.

Former MIAF artistic director Robyn Archer welcomed the opportunity for more creative commissions and collaborations for local and international artists but warned of powerful, intimate art experiences taking a back seat to “populist eventism”.

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