Nuit Blanche announces an event-wide theme for the first time ever

Aug 29 2017, 9:14 pm

Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is back for another year of art projects and installations all over the city.

On September 30 at 6:58 pm, 90 contemporary art projects created by over 350 artists will be presented under the event-wide theme, “Many Possible Futures,” marking Canada’s 150th birthday.

“Arts and culture are the heart and soul of a great city, a universal creative language that brings people together and creates a real sense of community. It’s why events like Nuit Blanche Toronto are important for our city,” said Mayor John Tory in a release. “This year’s Nuit Blanche explores relevant and challenging themes facing the city and the world today. I encourage Toronto residents from across the city to take part in this celebration of art.”

For the first time, Nuit Blanche Toronto’s entire program responds to one curatorial theme, “Many Possible Futures.” Working around the theme, artists look to Canada’s many possible futures. According to the press release, “the curatorial focus reflects on timely and relevant ideas including protest and social change, revolution and resistance, difference and the unseen, and cultural endurance and visibility through the lens of Indigenous creators.”

This year’s event will also feature four City-produced exhibitions: “Taking to the Streets” curated by Barbara Fischer (Canada), located at Queen’s Park and University of Toronto; “Calculating Upon the Unforeseen” from curator Clara Halpern (Canada), located along Dundas Street from the Art Gallery of Ontario to Yonge-Dundas Square; “Life on Neebahgeezis; A Luminous Engagement” curated by Maria Hupfield (Canada) located on Bay Street between Queen Street and King Street; and “Monument to the Century of Revolutions” from curator Nato Thompson (United States) at Nathan Phillips Square.

For the second year, Nuit Blanche Toronto will continue its Major Institutions program, with 10 cultural institutions across the city featuring art projects and exhibitions free of charge throughout the night of Nuit Blanche.

And it’s more than just art, for its eighth year the “Nuit Talks” series returns with intriguing talks, round-table discussions and presentations on the art and artists. Presented by artists, curators and thinkers from this year’s event, Nuit Talks boasts an impressive lineup from September 25 to October 1. The best part is, all talks are free and open to the public.

Nuit Blanche Toronto is the city’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts communities. Since 2006, the award-winning event has featured almost 1,400 art installations by approximately 4,900 artists and has generated over $311 million in economic impact for Toronto.

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