Nuit Blanche at the WAG Celebrates Art All Night Long
Can 5,000 people be wrong? Not likely! That’s how many people thronged the Winnipeg Art Gallery at last year’s Nuit Blanche, a free all night arts extravaganza. This year’s party begins at 6:00pm, Saturday, September 28, and doesn’t finish until 4am, Sunday, September 30.
The evening kicks off at 6:45 with the public opening of Storm and Spirit: The Eckhardt-Gramatté Collection of German Expressionist Art. From there it’s activities all over the Gallery. A spoken word performance by artist Kelly Mark and premiere by Jolene Bailie of a new dance work. Unique audio/visual performances and collaborations by Toxic Prophecy. Mama Cutsworth rocking the place from midnight to 2am. Prog/funk/rockers The XanadOOds, and from Montreal the audio/visual duo le Révélateur. The always-popular macramé bracelet-making workshop with the Manitoba Crafts Museum. Artist Dean Baldwin transforming the WAG’s rooftop by reconstructing the Greek Parthenon from salvaged materials, on view from 2-4am.
“Nuit Blanche is a wonderful way of reaching out and introducing contemporary art to people who might not be familiar with it, to bring in visitors who may never have come to the WAG before,” says WAG Executive Director Stephen Borys. “We have a wide range of attendance at the event, from the under-20s to those in their forties and fifties, and each year attendance gets better and better. People text and tweet their friends and soon half the city is here to enjoy a spectacular all-night party. Whether they come at 6pm or midnight, there will be something to entertain them.”
Nuit Blanche is part of the national Culture Days events.
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