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Nuit Blanche: A White Night

Gap Ecology (Still Lives with Cherry Pickers and Palms) | David Brooks, 2014 | Photo published with permission from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

Gap Ecology (Still Lives with Cherry Pickers and Palms) | David Brooks, 2014 | Photo published with permission from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

By Liam O’Sullivan

In French, Nuit Blanche means ‘white night.’ A white night is defined by some as a sleepless night. That is exactly the spirit and idea behind the annual contemporary arts event that will be taking place this Saturday night and ending in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Once the sun sets on the long work week, vibrant mixed media pieces, stunning sculptures, and beautiful art pieces will overrun downtown Toronto. An array of spectators from all ages and all places will congregate from Bloor to Lakefront to witness a celebration of creativity and ingenuity. This is the 10th year of the festival, and it promises to continue to drive in record crowds of an estimated one million people or more.

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Inside Out, JR. Photo published with permission from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015.

A memorable example of an art exhibit that was viewed at Nuit Blanche in 2013 was ‘Forever Bicycles.” The creator of this dazzling exhibit used hundreds of bicycles to create a beautiful blend of light and colour. This is just one example of hundreds of exhibits that you may see this Saturday should you choose to attend. This event has always been a place to meet new people, to enjoy the night, and to view some fantastic pieces of art. It is as diverse as it is impressive. For one night, many people meet downtown to get to know each other and to challenge their perception of traditional or contemporary art.

This year I urge you to visit this fantastic festival. You may not be an art fan nor an artist, but this event celebrates not only art but the unique spirit of our city. If there is one new event that you want to try this year, something that is out of your comfort zone, this is the one to try. Hope to see you all there.

Check out BlogTO’s the top 25 exhibits to check out at Nuit Blanche 2015

PARK HERE (Artist Rendering), Katy Chey. Photo published with permission from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015.

PARK HERE (Artist Rendering), Katy Chey. Photo published with permission from Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015.

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