Nuit Blanche to expand into Scarborough for 2018 event

Dec 6 2017, 1:23 am

For one night each fall, Toronto transforms into one of the largest and most unique all-night art festivals in the world, with contemporary art installations scattered throughout the city.

And for the first time in its 12-year history, Nuit Blanche will be extending into Scarborough during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. This marks the festival’s first major expansion outside of the downtown core.

On September 29, in addition to the downtown exhibition sites, art enthusiasts will be able to check out installations from local, national and international artists in a dedicated City-produced Nuit Blanche Toronto exhibition at Scarborough Civic Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and neighbouring institutions within the community.

The new expansion is part of Toronto’s mandate to ensure cultural opportunities are offered to all communities in the city. This new model for Nuit Blanche will highlight Scarborough’s cultural vibrancy and provide residents an opportunity to explore their community through contemporary art over a two-year cycle.

“Scarborough has an incredibly active and vibrant arts scene. It is rich and robust in artists, art venues and art lovers. I’m proud that Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 will put a spotlight on Scarborough’s creative community,” said Mayor John Tory.

“Arts are the heart and soul of a great city, a universal creative language that brings people together. Arts bridge languages, generations and cultures, and by doing so, they create a real sense of community, ” says Mayor John Tory.

Other details released today include the 2018 event-wide theme, ‘You Are Here’, which looks at Toronto as a city of change and a city of progress.

The theme will also have artists and curators invite the public to join them to unfold, reinterpret, disrupt, question, listen, and to see Toronto and our places in it through new eyes.

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