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Toronto adorned for Nuit Blanche


Erika Faust | Interrobang | Lifestyles | September 27th, 2010



Toronto is known as a cultural destination — from its amazing shopping to the huge museums, there's always something to do — but on October 2, you can see the city in an entirely new way.

"At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to inspire dialogue and engage the public in the significance and impact that contemporary art plays on public space," said Julian Sleath, programming manager for the event. "Unusual or forbidden spaces become platforms for allnight discovery and rediscovery, and galleries, museums and cultural institutions open their doors for one night only. All night long."

Over 130 works of art will be splayed across the city. Nearly 500 artists, neighbourhoods, schools and art institutions have collaborated to put the projects together. Some of this year's big names include Daniel Lanois, Kent Monkman and Davide Balula.

"It's clear that what began as a new concept for a free, all-night 'contemporary art thing,' has become one of the most important and anticipated contemporary art events in Canada," said Sleath.

As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the show's Toronto debut, organizers have put together supplementary programming, including a lecture series, panelists and a retrospective exhibit throughout the week to showcase the art of years past. The exhibit explores the last four years through film, photographs and some art installations.

There is no admission fee, and subways run all night so you can peruse the displays at your leisure.

The FSU has a bus attending the event, departing on Saturday afternoon and returning at 2 a.m. Visit the Biz Booth for details.

For more information visit www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca for details about artists, transportation, accommodations and a guide to plan your perfect Nuit Blanche experience.
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