After our exhibition we did a bit of a jaunt around town, a few of us, to check out Melbourne's first White Night festival (2013), first of all up to the State Library to hear the sweetest youth choir our ears had ever been graced with. The singers wore purple roses and managed bird calls, exquisite whistles, and sounds. It was really quite esoteric ... the musical arranging that is. The Exaudi Youth Choir (Night Songs) did our city proud.
Then downtown we went to hear more music and witness some of the various light shows where the city buildings were illuminated in artistic patterns. It has to be said, you had never seen our city streets full to brimming with people milling along at a snails pace, as there was no going anywhere in a hurry. Every street was a sea adrift with people, as you would see at a protest march, except you would turn the corner and there was yet another protest march, except there was n't a feeling ... of protest but of eager anticipation. You felt that the image of the crowds had been superimposed, as in a computer generated image, like the computer light images placed around every second street. It was just so surreal.
So it is correct to say that the final weekend of the Sustainable Living Festival has been eclipsed by those out looking for free evening entertainment and culture, and it's a tad difficult to compete with over 300,000 people. And as for the cars ... well, hmm... they were not a patch on the crowds. Anyone in a car may just as well have given up ! It's no surprise too that the word 'tram' rhymes with cram and ram (ram referring to pushing through the cars I mean).
Hope to have some footage of our exhibition up in a video, soon, but first, have to let the White Night effect wear off first!