Nuit Blanche - An All-Night Party at the WAG

An all-night, continuous party will take over the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 6pm, Saturday, September 25 through to 6am Sunday morning. It’s Nuit Blanche, a free celebration of the arts taking place throughout downtown Winnipeg, St. Boniface, and Osborne Village and the WAG is your one-stop-shop! 

An all-night, continuous party will take over the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 6pm, Saturday, September 25 through to 6am Sunday morning. It’s Nuit Blanche, a free celebration of the arts taking place throughout downtown Winnipeg, St. Boniface, and Osborne Village and the WAG is your one-stop-shop!

Festivities kick off at 7pm with the public opening of Wanda Koop…On the Edge of Experience. The opening will include the premiere of Hybrid Human, a dance performance incorporating Koop’s paintings, video projections, and the contemporary dance of noted choreographer Jolene Bailie, set against a sound piece by Susan Chafe and lighting design by Hugh Conacher.

The heat really turns up after 11pm with activities going on all over the Gallery. Local hip-hop group Magnum K.I. will perform from 11:30pm-1am, followed by DJ Mama Cutsworth from 1am-4am. Rounding out the live music is Cyclist who will bring the party home from 4:00am-5:30am. New media artists mrghosty, Murray Toews, Andrew Milne, Rylaan Gimby and Cut Stickens are bringing you the Gr8 Bits Show, a live interactive installation based on the culture and aesthetic of video games.

Nuit Blanche at the WAG will also be the launch site of the Winnipeg Tarot Company. Conceived by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, a team of local artists will be on hand to read into your future using a special designed tarot deck complete with Winnipeg symbology. This is your fortune told as never before!

You can chill out by making a robot party mask using found objects and other bits and bytes, or take in the classic cult films like Brazil, Donnie Darko or the 1933 live action version of Alice in Wonderland - this is surrealist creepiness at it best!

If calm introspection is more your thing, take a break in the permanent collection galleries and listen to readings by local poets, playwrights and actors. You can also stop in at the Discovery Theatre for a series featuring local francophone artists giving short, bite-sized talks (11pm-1am) on their work to give festival-goers a taste of the francophone arts and culture scene.

Nuit Blanche is a Culture Days event. For more information on Nuit Blanche and Culture Days, visit wag.ca and culturedays.ca.

Nuit Blanche Manitoba is sponsored by Scotiabank.

 

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