Nuit Blanche –An All-Night Party at the WAG

An all-night, continuous party will take over the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 6pm, Saturday, October 1 through to 6am, Sunday, October 2. It’s Winnipeg’s second annual Nuit Blanche, a free celebration of the visual arts. Last year the WAG’s Nuit Blanche attracted 4,600 people and organizers are prepared for an even larger crowd this year. Partnering with Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art, visitors will also enjoy activities along Colony Street as they pass between the galleries. The WAG/Plug-In venue creates 1 of 3 hubs that will make up the Nuit Blanche event, with the Exchange District and St. Boniface hosting their own activities.

Nuit Blanche is a part of Culture Days, a free three-day arts festival taking place all across the country.

The WAG’s Nuit Blanche kicks off at 7pm with the public opening of two exhibitions.

Precise: Craft Refined • Iron wheelbarrows as delicate as lace. Sterling silver spun into fairy-like fragility. This exhibition brings together five contemporary artists who integrate wool, thread, clay, silver, and industrial metals into works of art that go far beyond the idea of “craft.”

William Kurelek: The Messenger • Widely recognized as a painter of childhood reminiscences and prairie fields, William Kurelek conjured up a sense of a timeless and innocent past. But he was also a tortured man who spent two years in mental hospitals, the anguished prophet of a modern apocalypse whose art is an indictment of the secular age and a testament to his unwavering Roman Catholic faith.

Things really heat up after 10pm with:
• Live bands in the Rooftop Sculpture Garden featuring including Mariachi Ghost
• Landscape Synergy • A new, site-specific modern dance work created by noted choreographer Jolene Bailie especially for Nuit Blanche
• ARTcadia • indie video game arcade programmed by mrghosty
• GroundSwell presents György Ligeti’s Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano, featuring Patricia Evans, Rachel Moody, and Donna Laube
• Music in the galleries with the WSO String Quartet
• Make a pompom and join a flash mob with Miss Lyndsay Ladobruk from the Central Canadian Centre for Performance
• A Very Nuit Blanche Film Night presented by the U of W Uniter

Updates to programming are ongoing, check wag.ca for more details. To learn what else is happening with Culture Days, visit culturedays.ca.
 

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