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.

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.

Nuit Blanche Online is funded by the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario.

Full program details are available below as well as online at http://toronto.ca/nuitblanche.

Nuit in Your Neighbourhood
Experience Nuit Blanche artworks through Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) created by more than 20 commissioned artists. Nuit in Your Neighbourhood brings the playful exchange of public art and discovery through twenty-three AR/VR experiences.

“Never Surrender” by Joi Arcand
“Never Surrender” by Joi Arcand

Nuit Live
Nuit Live is a 12-hour live stream of screen-based artworks and archival images created by the Data Visualization Studio (Patricio Davila, Dave Colangelo, Immony Men) accompanied with soundscapes provided by special guests DJ Fizza, DJ Kookum, Odario and Ofield Williams, and DJ KillaKels. Nuit Live will feature 20 commissions and existing artworks created by close to 50 national and international artists.

Participating major institutions in the Nuit Live stream are: 401 Richmond, the Aga Khan Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, East End Arts, Gardiner Museum, Humber College, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, MOCA – Toronto, North York Arts in partnership with Cinematoscape, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Full program details are available below as well as online at http://toronto.ca/nuitblanche.

Information and updates are available at http://toronto.ca/nbto, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nuitblancheTO, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nuitblancheTO, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/nuitblancheTO. The event hashtag is #nbTO20.

Cover image: “A Call to Kāinga” by Dr. Karlo Mila and Michael Bridgman

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René Samulewitsch @VIPRene is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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