Get Ready for Nuit Blanche: Toronto’s All-Night Celebration of Contemporary Art

Since 2006, Toronto has been celebrating the best in modern art with Nuit Blanche: an all-night event that provides attendees (over 1 million!) with an unforgettable artistic experience! This year’s event will be bigger than ever, as it is the first in three years and will be expanding from the downtown core and Scarborough to North York and Etobicoke , will feature more than 150 artworks by local, national, and international artists! Taking place from 7:00 p.m. on October 1st to 7 a.m. on October 2nd, Nuit Blanche will keep Toronto up all night with exhibitions, art projects, and more!

This year's festival was curated by Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam!

This year, Nuit Blanche is curated by the Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam who selected the theme “The Space Between Us”; she has invited artists to “transform” the city by sharing stories about their unique connections to place while bridging cultures and connecting with communities and their environment. Pieces presented as part of this year’s event will unite the international, national, and local communities through art, exploring shared experiences through the lens of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities globally as they amplify Toronto’s local voices in the universal language of artistry. The partner-produced Independent Projects of Nuit Blanche features 50 projects celebrating the diversity of Toronto’s art communities!

"iskocēs: okihcitāw-iskwēw-kamik ohci (sparks/embers for the leading-woman-lodge)” by Cheryl L'Hirondelle (@ndnsonglines) honours the women who keep the home fire burning!

This year’s Nuit Blanche marks the finale of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s year-long celebration of the city's exceptional public art collection and the creative community behind it! This year’s projects will be clustered into easy-to-navigate exhibition areas that make exploring the event more convenient; view the four different areas and their routes here! This 12-hour event will include massive light installations, sculptures, performances, fashion, and will also feature innovative Augmented Reality exhibits by over 30 artists! Nuit Blanche will light up the city with the creative energy that we all have been longing for!

Wander through “Synapses” by Caroline Monnet!

The Nuit Podcast series Belonging to Place returns with a second instalment, featuring conversations with artists, elders, arts leaders, and scholars from around the globe as they delve into projects and themes explored at this year’s festival. They aim to uncover the stories and connections between cultures and the environment to guide the future of public art in a 10-part podcast series. Additionally, starting this Tuesday, September 27th, Nuit Blanche Toronto and the RUTAS Festival will host Symposium: A Home for Our Migrations, bringing together artists, community activists, and scholars for lively conversations, keynote speakers, performances, and workshops! Over 60 invited presenters will engage with a range of topics in response to emerging artistic practices, as well as growing migration crises.

Experience “கோலம் (Kolam): A Parallel Coexistence” by Whyishnave Suthagar!

One of Toronto’s biggest events has gotten even bigger, making Nuit Blanche a can’t miss event this year; with hundreds of pieces created by nationally and internationally renowned artists using a variety of innovative mediums, this year’s festival has something for every art fan, whether you’re a connoisseur or a casual fan! Revolving around themes and conversations regarding BIPOC issues and environmental crises, these exhibits are sure to be as informative and inspiring as they are eye-catching. You can view all art projects in the city here, and can see featured artists and installations on their instagram! 

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