The Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night are set to merge, combining to become a new winter festival from 2020.

Lagrime, Lagrime di san Pietro, Melbourne Festival Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Lagrime di san Pietro at the 2018 Melbourne International Arts Festival

“From 2020, we will be transforming into a bold new winter festival that celebrates Melbourne’s arts and culture, our culinary strengths and everything that makes our city tick,” the Melbourne International Arts Festival said in a statement. “Backed by the Victorian Government, the new festival will combine our creative ambition with the wide public engagement of White Night Melbourne to create an ambitious new event of scale not yet seen in Australia.”

“This bold new winter festival will build on Melbourne’s standing as a global cultural capital, showcasing our local artists and bringing our cultural arts institutions to life,” said Victoria’s Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley.

The new festival follows Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway’s final Festival this year – the program for which will be announced in mid July – and the Melbourne International Arts Festival is in the process of recruiting a Creative Team to curate the new festival,...