A guide for Nuit Blanche Winnipeg
September 24, 2022
About Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche is a magical time of year where downtown Winnipeg and surrounding areas turn into stages for local artists and curators. Wander downtown Winnipeg and explore different interactive exhibits, installations, and live performances. Nuit Blanche Winnipeg began in 2010 and has seen thousands of art enthusiasts and participants. These events are FREE to attend. and only last ONE NIGHT.
5 Tips to get the most out of Nuit Blanche
These are 5 tips to get the most out of your Nuit Blanche evening in Winnipeg.
1. Don’t drive—take a trolley.
Whatever you do, don’t drive to Nuit Blanche… Parking is an absolute joke downtown and you’ll most likely miss something while looking for a parking spot. Luckily, Nuit Blanche has trolley stations so you can bounce to and from festivities safely.
2. Setup a meetup spot in advance
Nuit Blanche is a hectic time for downtown Winnipeg. There will be thousands of people down there, especially after a two-year hiatus. Find a spot that’s not too busy that you and your friends can meet up before, during, and after the Nuit Blanche festivities. Ex. Across the street from Little Brown Jug.
3. Dress warm
Winnipeg is starting to get cold… Make sure you bring some extra layers to plan for any colder weather on the night of Nuit Blanche. The last thing you want is to be freezing your ass off while trying to enjoy the evening. Oh, and pack an umbrella!
4. Bring water
This doesn’t need much explanation, but bring water for the evening. Bottled water at vendors can get expensive and you may be out for quite a while.
5. See as much as you can
There are going to be many different kinds of installations, events, and performances to take in for Nuit Blanche in downtown Winnipeg—see as much as you can before the evening ends. It’s only one night, so make the most of it.
7 must-see Nuit Blanche installations
1. NÀEDA: MOVE
Bijou Park in the Market of the Exchange
“NÀEDA ; MOVE” is an interactive video installation meant to bring out the energy auras of the people. The experience flows through various colour schemes, themes, and digital experiments as the night progresses. Infrared, depth, and colour cameras take in information from the public, and through digital influence suggest the viewer to contribute through their presence.”
333 Waterfront Dr.
Suspended light-up sculpture.
3. Elucida: Biomaterials illuminate the night
Stephen Juba Park, 130 Galt Ave.
Wicked cool light setup along the bike path.
4. PanoptiBot II
Into the Music, 264 McDermot Ave
Awesome projection and monitor setup that allows participants to warp the projected appearance of their faces.
5. Fire Cycle
“Dancing trees call to you as Old Market Square becomes a glowing forest for Nuit Blanche.”
6. Please see me
The Forks Market (near canopy)
“Designed by Winnipeg-based artist Melanee Tessler, Please See Me is a powerful projection-based light installation that focuses on mental health.”
7. Ilumiskate the night
Market Avenue East Exchange
Giant light-up roller rink in the East Exchange. Bring your own skates!
4 Nuit Blanche parties
1. No Sleep late-night party
Little Brown Jug, 336 William Ave.
LBJ is closing down Hargrave street (right beside Little Brown Jug) for two nights of music, lights, and new seasonal beer tastings. They’ll also be hosting the “Moths to the Flame” event, a neat installation using light projections and transparent glass.
2. Berliner Fest
Kilter Brewing, 450 Rue Deschambault
New beer releases, live music, food vendors, and really pretty lights!
3. Looking Up
Nonsuch Brewing, 125 Pacific Ave.
Wicked light productions, new food from the kitchen, and a surprise beer release.
4. Beer Can’s Nuit Blanche
Gas Station Theatre Patio, 445 River Ave.
“Special performance by interdisciplinary superstar Eve Rice at 8pm. DJ JPQ presenting the finest in art crawl party jams. Additional acts to be announced in the coming days.”
5 must-see Nuit Blanche performances & events
1. The Fortune Parlour
Bijou Park in Market Square of the Exchange.
An interactive Fortune-telling parlour hosted by two drag queens, Madam Mortel and Sister Sylv’s.
2. Penumbra dance performance
Yewtopia, 87 King St.
Interactive dance performance with lights, shadows, and reflection. Use a flashlight to further immerse yourself in the performance.
3. The Pollination Ceremony
The Forks Market
A parade, nature documentary opera, and fertility rite to celebrate the awesomeness of bees!
4. The Death Trip
Sk8 Skates, 564 Main St.
A psychedelic sound and liquid light show.
5. Light at Night
Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave.
Projections using both 16mm film loops and video on the outside of buildings around the Graffiti Gallery.
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