The mystery and dynamic of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg was nothing short of magic. Playing with energies and tones of light seemed to be the theme of the evening. It was somewhat eerie actually. The event just so happened to take place on a very warm but breezy September evening under a bright and brimming full moon – the night before a lunar eclipse and blood moon (!!!) – talk about the universe being magically choreographed. Nuit Blanche may primarily be a contemporary visual arts festival, but an emphasis on stimulating all the senses seemed to play into the performance and experience of all installations and venues.
Nuit Blanche (meaning sleepless night) is an annual arts festival that originated in France, 1989, that celebrates culture and contemporary art. Art spaces (galleries, museums, shops) open their doors to the public for free, late into the night, to host performances in an experience that is carnival-esque. Winnipeg adopted the festival in 2010, and have been since, in collaboration with Culture Days, hosting and supporting contemporary visual art and it’s artistic branches throughout the Downtown, Exchange, and St. Boniface areas.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery transformed into a social house, where one could explore everything from the art galleries, dance to a live dj, or grab a drink on the rooftop. May I remind you, all the events were admission FREE. Next door, the Plug In Gallery opened its doors to the public, where upon their roof top, you could mingle in a more quiet atmosphere and take part of a visual installation. A lot of the installations were physically interactive, stimulating creative exploration in a playful and non pretentious setting. So fun!
The exchange turned into a stunningly artistic backdrop to host a bubbly and creatively curious crowd who were encouraged to roam the street installations and discover new soundscapes, visual displays, tasty finds, and meet new people. The cafes, cocktail bars and restaurants that were supporting the event by collaborating with each other to supply special drink and food combos to the public in participation with the pop up installations really contributed to the overall festival aura that celebrates artistic freedom and empowers the community through sharing our combined artistic talents. It really was a unique experience that party goers and art lovers alike thoroughly enjoyed!
Dress – Zara
Purse – Calvin Klein
Fur – Vintage
Shoes – BCBG
Glow – OrganicTan
Photography – Vanessa Mayberry