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Tomas Jonsson August 24, 2020, 1:49 PM

Experience Nuit Blanche Art at a Distance

Nuit Blanche (White Night) events have taken place in many cities, each one presenting art in unique ways. One common thread across all cities is the desire to bring art out from the gallery and allow it spill into the streets, engaging with public in unexpected ways.

In Regina, Nuit Blanche has been in operation for three years, activating spaces throughout the downtown core.  Working in the outdoor public sphere does come with challenges, including contending with extreme weather. While this year it takes place in warmer conditions, COVID-19 restrictions led to the decision to relocate the event and to try out an innovative viewing experience.   

This year the festival is curated for social distancing. The urban landscape will be transformed, as art will illuminate buildings in Regina's Warehouse District.

Viewers are invited to navigate the grid of streets in the Warehouse District by car, bike, or foot. The event begins at 8pm on August 29, just as the sun begins to set, through to midnight. You can begin by congregating at the parking lot next to Bushwackers Pub (2206 Dewdney Ave), where members of Bike Regina will lead processions to take in the various projections and performances. 

The Dunlop has been a long-time supporter of Nuit Blanche, and this year we are excited to invite artists Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh, who work together under the moniker Instant Places. The Quebec-based media artists will be projecting a mesmerizing moving artwork of computer-generated abstract colour fields and sounds. Following this event, we will feature this work in our Mediatheque space at Central Library, where you can experience it in a more intimate setting between August 30 – November 30.

To learn more about the event, and all of the artists participating, check out the Nuit Blanche website.

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