Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche is a big, fun deal! I’d read and heard about the Nuit Blanche festivals celebrating contemporary art, but had never attended one.
The French phrase, nuit blanche, means a ‘sleepless night.’ The concept of Nuit Blanche –an all-night art party!– originated (appropriately) in France in 1984, and has spread around the world. Canadian Art magazine has a great article (here) about why Nuit Blanche works, or sometimes fails, in Canadian cities. Winnipeg staged its first Nuit Blanche in 2010; last year Toronto’s Nuit Blanche celebrated its tenth anniversary.
I suppose every city has its own take on Nuit Blanche. In Winnipeg, I visited a few outdoor displays, many of them interactive.
Yes! In CLOUD, the pull strings on the incandescent bulbs worked. In The Deep Dark, we walked through 12 illuminated ‘doorways’ along the river.
I’m not sure which was more intriguing: to watch people appear, and disappear through the doors, or to personally experience the enveloping light, quickly followed by complete darkness that occurred when you walked through the ‘doors.’
This is only a tiny sample of Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche. Click here to peruse the extensive program of performances, screenings and events that were staged Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of Nuit Blanche was participating in the enjoyment of art, outdoors, at night, with hundreds of other people. This may have been my first Nuit Blanche, but, hopefully, not my last.