The 15th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will be reimagined for a virtual experience on Saturday, October 3 starting at 7 p.m. until October 12. This year, North America’s largest free contemporary art event will be delivered in a special digital format to ensure the safety of attendees and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online event will present five streams of programming that will include talks, podcasts, a release of the 14-year archive called Nuit History, live streams, and artworks in augmented and virtual reality.
Over its 14-year history, Nuit Blanche has had a massive impact on the city of Toronto and grown into one of the largest public art exhibitions in North America. This October, the incredible archive of work will be available online, starting with the inaugural event in 2006 right through to 2019. Engage with images, videos and artist information and explore new content from Nuit Blanche alumni.
Nuit History will be available the night of Nuit Blanche 2020 as part of the Nuit Live stream. Check back on October 7 to wander through the incredible history of Nuit Blanche Toronto right from home.
Starting October 3, audiences can contribute to this growing catalogue of images and memories. Post your favourite photos and selfies using hashtag #NuitHistory and watch the archive continue to grow.
Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam’s curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, features art installations and interactions that focus on the connections across urban, polar and pacific landscapes. These connections reveal the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledge.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said that “Nuit Blanche has always been about making a wide spectrum of contemporary art accessible and enjoyable for everyone, it is as much a celebration of our diversity as it is a showcase for the creativity of talented artists. This year, the virtual edition of Nuit Blanche brings the art directly into your home. I encourage Toronto residents from across the city to take part in this virtual celebration of art.”
Artists include: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Maureen Gruben, Johnson Witehira, Whyishnave Suthagar, Kereama Taepa, Couzyn van Heuvelen, Rah, Shelley Niro, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Jordan Stranger, Yung Yemi, Tsēma Igharas, Joi Arcand, Caroline Monnet, Mark Stoddart, KC Adams, Kaaterina Kerekere, Jean Marshall, Culturans and Jerry Evans.
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson highlighted that “since 2006, this award-winning event has generated over $443 million in economic impact for Toronto. The first virtual edition of Nuit Blanche provides an opportunity to engage with the remarkable creative talent that has both captivated Toronto in the past and will inspire us in the future.”
The Nuit Talks program will include these live online presentations:
• Public Engagement with Outdoor Festivals, September 29 at 8 p.m.
• Exhibitions, Galleries and Social Distancing, October 1 at 8 p.m.
• Nuit’s Virtual 2020 with the Mayor, October 3 at 8 p.m.