The Longest Night

Saturday 20 June 2020 > 4pm – 10pm
At St Kilda Beach


Be brave!

There’s no better feeling on a long night in the middle of winter than snuggling up with a hot water bottle in your pyjamas. Especially after an ocean swim under the stars. That’s right. Once the sun sets on June 20th, on the longest night of the year, the brave, the wild and the curious are taking the plunge.

The Longest Night is a midwinter performance, music and swimming festival, calling on you to embrace the un-embraceable. For swimmers and on-lookers alike, join us to bring the night alive in the dead of winter.

Presented by artist Kit Wise and musician Grant Siedle in partnership with Linden New Art celebrating the winter solstice.

Register below to watch, splash and dash or swim the distance. Go on, be brave.

> Saturday 20 June 2020
> 4pm – 10pm
> At St Kilda Beach
> $15 to $65

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Take a dip in the cool waters of Port Phillip Bay on The Longest Night! Pick from one of three events to become a winter warrior!

Swim course information

Each course will begin on the St Kilda main beach and will utilise Poles approximately 150 meters off the shore. Poles and kayakers will be well lit to aid navigation for swimmers. Several illuminated buoys will also be used for safety and navigational purposes.

Not a swimmer or don’t like the cold? Come along and watch the action from the beach.

Be daring!



Come along and watch the brave swimmers, experience the art and listen to the music.

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Splash ‘n’ Dash

Best for novice swimmers who may not be strong swimmers or may not be used to the cold water.

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1500m swim

Best for experienced swimmers who have swum regularly in the cold water.

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Elite 1k race

Experts only! You must be a fast and experienced swimmer to take part. Apply first, then sign up.

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