Nuit Blanche Calgary is happening on September 20, 2014 with 10 amazing time-based performance art events at Olympic and Municipal Plazas in downtown Calgary – all free to the public, from 7:00PM until 1:00AM, and you’re invited.
As you may already know, Nuit Blanche has come to signify a sunset-to-late night contemporary arts festival. The first Calgary version, on September 15, 2012, literally transformed Calgary’s Olympic Plaza and City Hall Plaza into a full-scale civic art gallery for more than 10,000 viewers for over 8 hours. The city’s downtown came alive with unforgettable live performance art produced by fantastic performance artists doing remarkable, unique installations. The inaugural production was highly successful on so many levels and we would like to elevate this level of success on a bi-annual basis, and 2014 will be the next big event.
Up close and intimate, professional and carefully considered, these performances are captivating. The NBC program is designed to inform, intrigue and inspire audiences to eventually venture out ‘en masse’ for the September, 2014 one-night only, transformative celebration of creativity. Craft and media feed innovation in the commissioning of new performance artworks for Calgary audiences as Nuit Blanche Calgary is a participatory ‘spectacle’ that remains awe-inspiring, fun and thoughtful, aiming to bring the public downtown for impromptu workshops, talks, one-off projects and seminars.
Nuit Blanche Calgary has received accolades in print from Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary2012, The Calgary Herald and received a Vitality Award from Downtown Calgary. Artworks presented at NBC have gone on to tour internationally. The NBC commissioned project, CLOUD by Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett has been presented in Moscow, Prague, Chicago and other cities, to great acclaim.
Nuit Blanche Calgary Society was founded as a non-profit cultural organization in 2010 and is generously supported by our producing partners, the Alberta College of Art + Design and the City of Calgary – Culture Department. Additional support is gratefully provided by the Calgary Arts Development Authority, the Alberta College of Art + Design, The Calgary Hotel Association, Enbridge, EDCO Financial Holdings Ltd., Alliance Franciase of Calgary, The French Consulate, The Esker Foundation, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, The City of Calgary, Car2Go Calgary, Tooth Blackner Presents, Tourism Calgary, Village Brewery, West Canadian, Jake Lim Design, and our many Nuit Blanche Calgary volunteers and anonymous donors.