Since my Mad Men post lots of you have been asking me for more Nuit Blanche info – and I’m happy to fill you in because there’s lots to be seen, and done, and tasted! I love the concept – galleries and creative spaces all over downtown and the Exchange are going to be opening their doors waaaaaay beyond their regular schedule into the wee party-friendly hours of the night with lots of one-time only exhibits and activities. There’s even something about the Jets! Past years have been a bit colder, but even in snow I’ve sees lots of styled-up Winnipeggers gallery-hopping for this event, so with such gorgeous weather I can’t wait to do some people-watching.
Below are just a few of the activities you can get your culture fix at (full listing here – I counted 37 events last time I checked!)
Oh, and did I forget to mention it’s all FREE?
- “Let’s Unite by Lantern Light” featuring Graffiti Art Programming, Ndinawe and Art City, The Forks
For the first time ever, three of Winnipeg’s most dynamic community art centres, Graffiti Art Programming, Ndinawe (North End Arts Centre) and Art City, are collaborating to light up the Forks for Culture Days and Nuit Blanche. With their respective constructed lanterns in hand, the three groups will unite and install their works at the Forks, setting this historic meeting place aglow for the whole weekend.
- 12:00pm – 12:00am: 5468796 Architecture Open Doors + Exhibit, 266 McDermot Avenue
See a display of work, including “Migrating Landscapes” (a joint venture with Jae-Sung Chon, Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture). Check out a mini-exhibition of artist Galen Johnson and the Urbanink print shop in the lounge area.
- 5:00pm – late: Estudio Luna: Nuit Blanche, 220 McDermot Avenue
Darren Fast invites you to “Behind the Image”, a live interactive photo shoot. In “Carne Viva”, Alejandro Moras highlights the connection between food and art. Also on view is “Hatching”, an aestheic symphony of colour in acrylic and oil on canvas presented by Roberta Hansen and Burgess Mertens
- 6:00pm – 11:00pm: Celebrate Food and Art, Dessert Sinsations Café, 505b St. Mary Avenue
Check out the Royal River Rats Art Exhibit by University of Manitoba Students and nibble on Dessert Sinsations Cafe’s Culture Days Menu featuring Cree Bannock Pizza with pickerel fish, corn and blueberry chutney and goat and mozarella cheeses; Deep Fried Polish Perogi with bacon and caramelized onions; and “Go Jets Go!” Wings to share. See you at the Colony Street Party in celebration of Nuit Blanche.
- 6:00pm – 6:00am: Nuit Blanche at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Boulevard
It’s an all-night pandemonium of arts and culture! (I’d list all the activities here, but really – there’s just too many. I’ll say one thing though: pom-poms)
- 7:00pm – 12:00am: Super Fun Drawing Games with the Peanuts, The Edge Gallery, 611 Main Street
An evening hosted by Ben Clarkson and the rest of the Peanuts featuring a display of individual work and other nifty things! Prizes to be won and snacks!
- 7:00pm – 6:00am: Nuit Blanche at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, 1-460 Portage Avenue
Exciting Nuit Blanche festivities include a new installation by local artist Sandee Moore as well as two current exhibitions: “ندارد, دلِ نیست , دلِ که سوز” (the heart that has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart)and “Farandole”. Check out Stella’s newest location at Plug In ICA, open late for Nuit Blanche.
- 8:00pm – 9:00pm: “White Noise”Documentary Premiere, Creswin Media Panel, 201 Portage Avenue
Presented by Numan Films and MTS Winnipeg On Demand, “White Noise” (directed by Randy Frykas and produced by Jeff Newman) explores Winnipeg’s fifteen-year fascination with the ghost of a professional hockey team, and the team’s unbelievable, inspiring return.
- 8:00pm – 12:00am: Dalnavert Museum – Late Night Scavenger Hunt, 61 Carlton Street
Illuminate the shadowy history of Victorian-era Winnipeg and enjoy a fun-filled interactive night! An intricately crafted scavenger hunt will lead you to discover the mysteries of the museum and its history.
- 8:00pm – 2:00am: CBC/Radio-Canada Colony Street Party
Have your say at Speaker’s Corner, put yourself in the picture, and take in the best of CBC/Radio-Canada during their 75th Anniversary celebrations. You’ll find interactive activities, entertainment and projections from CBC/Radio-Canada’s. And you never know who’s going to drop by.
- 9:00pm – 10:30pm: Ladies of the 80’s Singalong, Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street (Main Floor)
Prepare for one, like, totally awesome night of, like, sing-a-long awesomeness! Teased hair… leg warmers… jelly bracelets… undeniably danceable music from the goddesses of 80s pop music. Lyrics will be subtitled onscreen for this shocking pink mass-karaoke!