Nuit Blanche: Pull an all nighter in the name of art

Forget the falling leaves and pumpkin spice whatevers. The truest sign that fall has arrived in Winnipeg is Nuit Blanche.

For the uninitiated, Nuit Blanche is billed as a free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art from dusk til dawn. Basically it’s a great excuse to get out of the house, stroll the streets and stay out until the wee hours of the morning.

Le Nuit Blanche Rendezvous in 2016. Photo by Emily Christie. 

Held annually in Winnipeg since 2010 (and in France since 1984), Nuit Blanche takes place during Culture Days with the aim of encouraging and celebrating arts and culture in our community. Artists, galleries, cultural organizations, small businesses and independent curators create and host their own events around the city, making for a wide array and huge selection of things to do.

2016’s Boulevard of Books – Les Éditions du Blé, by Claire Paetkau.

The three main zones of activity will be St. Boniface, Downtown and the Exchange District, with free shuttle service running between various events.

2016’s Cloud by Caitlind R.C. Brown & Wayne Garrett. Photo by Cole Moszynski.

This year’s edition will feature about 100 different events. You can expect to see everything from illuminated sculptures to one-of-a-kind interactive experiences.

A few examples of this year’s lineup include:

 The Manitoba Museum’s Planetarium hosts free evening screenings of Horizon, a 360-degree cinematic journey into the heart of Canada.

 Red, Green and Blue by Khan Lee: This sculptural installation explores the artifice and wonder of manicured natural environments through a host of delicately constructed transparent cones.

Photo by Pardeep Singh.

 PEG by Meighan Giesbrecht and Tia Watson: Adorned with the coordinates of Winnipeg, it will allow you to both alter its appearance and keep a small portion of the installation as a souvenir.

 The Light Within The Tunnel, by Madeline Rae and Talia Shaaked: Comprised of two curtain-walls made of string and projected video, this installation invites you to experience and traverse through this “alternate passageway” of The Exchange.

For more information and the full list of events visit Nuit Blanche online.

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