Around 4000 people gathered outside the iconic Sydney Opera House yesterday for the annual Dîner en Blanc “chic picnic” event.
The “dinner in white” concept was launched 27 years ago in Paris by François Pasquier in what originally began as a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event. Dîner en Blanc has since grown internationally and has been hosted in incredible sites around the world including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Hudson River Park in New York, Pershing Square in Los Angeles and Kings Cross in London.
The global dining event prides itself on a secret open-air location which is not released until the day of the event where thousands of guests come dressed in white for a mass “chic picnic”. Dîner en Blanc is expected to go ahead even when it’s raining with diners bringing their own food, hampers, furniture, wines and champagne to the dining event.
Last year’s event in Sydney took place at Centennial Park attracting around 4,000 guests while the previous year saw the Dîner en Blanc held in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The first Dîner en Blanc in Sydney was held in 2012 where 1,500 guess gathered in the forecourt of the Museum of Contemporary Art for the annual picnic.
Melbourne celebrated its first Dîner en Blanc in March this year outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre while Brisbane had their inaugural dinner in 2012 in the South Bank Parklands.
The event has attracted 100,000 guests from over 60 countries in 2015 alone.
This year's event saw 4000 Australians gathering at the steps of the Sydney Opera House for the annual 'chic picnic'.
The invite-only secret dinner party began in Paris in 1988 with the inaugural event taking place at the Parc de Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne. François Pasquier asked his guests to dress in white so that they would be easier to locate.
The success of the first event led to further dinners held at the Champs-Elysees, Chateau de Versailles in Paris, The Arc de Triomphe and The Invalides in Paris.
The 'flash mob' picnics have since been hosted in 60 countries around the world in cities such as Paris, London, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tokyo and Barcelona attracting around 100,000 people in 2015.
It is an invitation-only event -- most people are invited from attendees including friends and family from the previous year.
The location of the dinner is not given until the last minute in which guests are supposed to gather their friends and begin setting up furniture, decorations and food for the picnic. Guests are expected to only bring silverware, china, and glass since plastic and cardboard is banned.
Beer is also banned at the global dining event -- guests are encouraged to open a bottle of champagne or wine instead.
The event is currently held in five Australian cities: Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane and Melbourne who recently made their debut in March this year.
White is the main colour at the event because it 'represents new beginnings and serenity' -- and makes for a great photo.
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