Okay culture vultures, so you're itching to go to Nuit Blanche, the all-night culture celebration on Saturday night. But the list of activities is as long as your arm. How to choose?
The Winnipeg Art Gallery takes the cake for the most numerous activities on offer. Oh, and speaking of cake, don't forget the WAG's big 100th birthday bash from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.!
"We are having 18 hours of art mania," says Anna Wiebe, coordinator of Nuit Blanche at the WAG. "We are going all out and we want everyone to come out and celebrate with us. We want people to feel a sense of pride in Winnipeg because we are showcasing 13 fantastic internationally-know Winnipeg artists."
Here is SCENE's rundown of some of the highlights:
Winnipeg Now opens at the WAG at 7 p.m. - the gallery's first major centennial exhibit featuring 13 of Winnipeg's most striking and original artists today.
A panel discussion with featured artists Guy Maddin, Sarah Anne Johnson, Michael Dudeck and Paul Butler takes place at 8 p.m.
Off the Wall:
"Synthetica" -- create your own augmented reality with your motion and your voice. In this interactive installation by PO-MO, softwear interacts with the audience's gestures and a dynamic lighting design to create luminous shapes and designs on the walls and a dazzling original soundtrack. It takes place all night long in Eckhardt Hall.
Paint yourself Into a Corner with Lazereo. The WAG is partnering with Graffiti Arts Programming artists Pat Lazo and Nereo Eugenio. They are transforming the lecture room into a large graffiti mural that the public can paint and contribute to.
Winnipeggers line up at the Winnipeg Art Gallery for Nuit Blanche 2011 (Leif Norman)
"Exegesis" is a one-hour performance by Winnipeg Now
artist Michael Dudeck which is connected to the piece he has in the exhibition. He calls it a hybrid religious ceremony merging post-punk synth-pop with drone-chants inspired by Buddhist and Gregorian chant. "He's created his own religion and language," says Anna Wiebe. "I think people's minds will be exploded by it. It's going to be pretty amazing -- something they've never seen before, that's for sure."On the Rooftop
DJ Colin Shots will keep the dancing going from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. He'll also accompany Luminosity, the Fashion Show at midnight, presented by the Winnipeg Fashion Incubator
. Yes, these local designers will prove to you that fashion is definitely art.After 2 a.m.:
Catch a screening of Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
, visit the galleries which stay open all night long or keep the dancing going with the Synthetica project.
Picks for Nuit Blanche elsewhere in the city :Pop-Up Film Festival
-- look out for a mobile cinema in various locations in the Exchange.Manitoba Music Videos at IMAX
paired with live performances. Featured will be Cat Jahnke
, Cannon Bros.
, Enjoy Your Pumas
and From Giants
. 6 p.m. - midnightA Dark Scary Night at the Museum
- bloodcurdling tales told in the St. Boniface Museum, 494 Taché , 7 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.Nuit Blanche is part of Culture Days, which runs all weekend long all over Manitoba.