Saskatoon’s first annual Nuit Blanche will take place September 27
As a past resident of Montreal, there was never a shortage of events and concerts to take in. But Nuit Blanche, a nighttime celebration of the arts, was pretty much the highlight of the year.
Overnight, the city was transformed into a public space for the arts, an urban gallery that was open 24 hours with events spanning from traditional venues to municipal buildings to cafes. The streets teamed with people as galleries hosted DJs, restaurants became stages for theatre, artists gave public demonstrations of their work, poets crowed in hallways, and massive installations were lit up against the night sky in ways that were both thrilling and unexpected.
With museums, galleries and other institutions opening their doors from dusk until dawn, it was a way to explore culture while an entire city glowed with excitement.
And now it’s coming to Saskatoon.
With the inaugural event launching on September 27, organizers are holding an Artist and Enthusiast Information Night on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30 pm at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. Organizers will be on hand to answer questions and to provide applications for this year’s independent artists projects and to recruit volunteers.
Overtaking multiple venues and the city’s streets, contemporary art such as dance, theatre, music, poetry, and art installations will entertain and wow festival-goers late into the evening.
Nuit Blanche, a night-time festival of the arts, now has events in over 120 cities including Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal along with cities across Europe and Australia. And now it’s coming to Saskatoon.
Below are several scenes from a past Nuit Blanche that took place in Toronto.
-Photos from Flickr user “Jackman Chiu” – Creative Commons.