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Le Diner En Blanc celebrates fifth anniversary at Optus

Le Diner En Blanc tonight marked their fifth anniversary inside the grounds of a Perth icon – Optus Stadium.

Picnic partygoers packed their chairs and tables and descended on the stadium at only a moment’s notice, as is the tradition with the all-white party that hails from France.

It would have been impossible not to notice the clusters of white-clad punters moving through Perth as event volunteers herded thousands of picknickers onto trains from spots across the city – their final stop unknown.

Martyn Anderson & Ana Anderson.
Camera IconMartyn Anderson & Ana Anderson. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Nick Conner & Jasmine Meney.
Camera IconNick Conner & Jasmine Meney. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

The infamously strict all white dress code extended to the BYO table decorations, with everything from white Christmas trees to Eiffel towers dotting the stadium grounds.

The most notable decoration was titled “bienvenue a travel bubble” created by a group of South African friends, and featured a white toy plane captained by a photo of Mark McGowan, perched atop a canopy of fairy lights, with a symbolic bubble machine for added effect.

Sascha Krasniewicz & Mitch Norton.
Camera IconSascha Krasniewicz & Mitch Norton. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Jo Stanes & Sophie Peters.
Camera IconJo Stanes & Sophie Peters. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Brittany Martin & Damian Martin.
Camera IconBrittany Martin & Damian Martin. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

WA’s incarnation of the now iconic outdoor dinner saw 2,400 white napkins waved by each guest, signalling the beginning of the dinner and paying homage to one of the event’s most sacred global traditions.

But perhaps more show-stopping than the sea of white was the line up for the “selfie swing” with event goers hanging out in line for up to 20 minutes to snag the perfect Instagram shot.

Nikki Dagostino.
Camera IconNikki Dagostino. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Craig Schwab & Fiona Schwab.
Camera IconCraig Schwab & Fiona Schwab. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Diner en Blanc at Optus Stadium.
Camera IconDiner en Blanc at Optus Stadium. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

VIP guests were ferried to the event in luxury BMWs and were met by the sound of a harpist and DJ as they entered the stadium.

The true magic of the communal dinner came when punters lit thousands of sparklers to signify the opening of the dance floor, lighting up the night sky and stadium after a dark year.

It’s a view many thought they wouldn’t see in 2020, with the event postponed from April thanks to COVID-19.

Josten Kuhn, DJ Lim & Leighton Morrell.
Camera IconJosten Kuhn, DJ Lim & Leighton Morrell. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian
Graeme Campbell, Helen Campbell & Deanne Weston.
Camera IconGraeme Campbell, Helen Campbell & Deanne Weston. Credit: John Koh/The West Australian

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